Voice of the Child
After gaining a First Class Honours degree in law, Rochelle was admitted to the bar in 2000 and has worked exclusively in the Family Law jurisdiction since 2004 (plus a little criminal court duty lawyer work on the side).
In 2011 she set up her own business and now practices as a barrister sole, specialising in Family Law. Rochelle’s practice is largely made up of Care of Children Act, Property (Relationships) Act, Family Violence Act, and Oranga Tamariki work. She is trained in the Collaborative Process for resolving disputes out of Court and does some legal aid work. She is a member of the New Zealand Family Law Section, the Bar Association and Collaborative Advocacy NZ.
Rochelle has been appointed as Lawyer for Child by the Family Court since 2010. She has acted for well over a hundred child clients, ranging in age from unborn to 18 years. Rochelle is experienced in speaking with children appropriately to gain their views, while not putting them in a position of feeling responsible for their parents’ dispute.
LL.B. (Hons) (First Class)
Areas of Expertise:
- Adolescent/Teenage Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Extended Family Issues
- Parenting/Care and Contact Issues
- Re-Partnered/Blended Family Issues
- Multi-Generational Issues
- Drug/Alcohol Abuse