Family Law
Relationship Property

Stephanie Marsden

03 943 4055

027 413 6481


PO Box 9344,
Tower Junction,
Christchurch 8149


Jess Moore

03 943 4055


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Stephanie Marsden has practiced as a lawyer since 1989.  Before joining the independent bar in November 2011, she worked for larger Christchurch firms.

Stephanie’s practice is almost exclusively in resolution of relationship property disputes involving high value assets and complex asset ownership structures (including trusts, companies and partnership interests) and estate claims.  Over recent years Stephanie has specialized in this area of practice but she has experience at a senior level in all aspects of family law, including as Court appointed lawyer for the child.  At the outset of her career, Stephanie was a general practitioner including property work, and appeared in other courts including in the criminal jurisdiction.  She considers that this wide breadth of experience has held in her good stead in respect of her current practice.

Stephanie has experience with claims in respect of relationship property and trusts in the Family Court and High Court that have concerned farms, businesses, accounting, legal and medical practices and overseas assets.  Stephanie often receives instructions based upon her pragmatic and commercial approach to resolution of these issues. Stephanie adopts a team approach to work with the client’s other advisors.

Stephanie is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Family Law Section advisory panel making submissions on law reform and a member of the Academic Review Board of the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal.

She has presented seminars for the New Zealand Law Society and Canterbury Westland Branch on claims against trusts on separation, claims against estates involving spouses and partners, Trusts and relationship property, section 182 Family Proceedings Act claims and supervised contact.

Stephanie is from a farming background.  She is married and has adult children.  In her spare time Stephanie is involved in long distance running, reading, entertaining friends, gardening and with another lawyer has established a law choir in Christchurch.

Stephanie is a trustee of the Court Theatre Trust and a former member of the Board of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.