Michelle Duggan LLB & AAMINZ - Family Lawyer & Mediator

197 Bridge St, Nelson - 03 5469966 / 0274 829875



Speciality areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation), separation and relationship property issues, parenting disputes, child support, family violence and protection, Hague Convention (abduction of children from or to New Zealand), Children, Young Persons and their Families Act and Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act and Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act matters.

In addition to running a small private practice in central Nelson, I am a deputy lawyer member of the Mental Health Reveiw Authority.  I was a Child Support Review Officer for 18 years and I am an Associate member of AMINZ  (Arbitration Mediation Institute New Zealand). This I am also on the panel approved by the Ministry of Justice to assist in Hague Convention matters.

I do family legal aid work and am approved to provide 'FLAS' (Family Legal Advice Service - free initial family law advice about parenting issues).

I have worked as a lawyer in the Family Law area since 1991.  Prior to moving to Nelson in 2005 I worked in Lower Hutt and Wellington.

I have one adult and two teenage children and one canine, preteen, black laborador cross.

I am involved, on a voluntary basis, in a number of local community and national professional organisations.

My aim is to provide efficient, effective, realistic and cost-effective legal advice.  I offer a reduced, initial advice rate for all family law issues.