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My mission is to provide sensible, efficient and cost-effective legal advice and representation.

I offer a reduced, initial advice rate for all family law issues.


Legal Advice & Representation

I provide advice and representation to clients in all areas of family law including separation, division of relationship property, contracting-out agreements (to protect property), child support, parenting disputes, family violence and Oranga Tamariki matters.


Legal Aid & Family Law Advice Service

I provide legal aid family law work with an emphasis on Domestic Violence Act (Protection Orders) and Care of Children Act (Parenting and Guardianship) issues. I am also a Family Law Advice Service provider which offers a free, initial legal advice* service funded by the Ministry of Justice.

*Free legal advice service relates to parenting issues only.


I provide advice to and representation for clients who are participating in mediation. I convene mediations, on a private basis, for parenting and relationship property issues and I am also a FDR (Family Dispute Resolution) mediator through Fairway Resolution Ltd.

Speciality Areas

  • Issues related to separation

  • Relationship property (disputes/division and contracting-out)

  • Parenting disputes

  • Protection Orders (obtaining and defending)

  • Child support and spousal maintenance

  • Hague Convention issues (child abduction)

  • Mental health law and Compulsory Treatment Orders

  • Mediation

Hi, I'm Michelle Duggan

I have worked as a lawyer in the Family Law area since 1991. I have extensive experience both as an advisor and in Court. I am regularly appointed as Lawyer for Child by the Court. I am also a LEADR & AMINZ qualified mediator, an Associate of AMINZ (Arbitrators & Mediators Institute NZ) and on the NZ Law Society panel of Mediators.

Prior to moving to Nelson in 2005, I worked in Lower Hutt and Wellington. I am involved, on a voluntary basis, in a number of local community and national professional organisations. In addition to three, almost-adult, children I have a devoted but naughty dog, who while well-walked spends his days working out how to escape ‘custody’.


Find out how I can help.