Radley v Radley [2019] NZFC 10326

Published 13 October 2020

Relationship property division — equal division — addiction — methamphetamine — damage of relationship property — chattels — child support — Property (Relationships) Act 1976, ss 26 & 32. The applicant sought division of the parties' relationship property, a task that had been made difficult by the respondent's lack of engagement in the process. The respondent had drug addiction issues and had devalued the family home both physically and by creating a reputation that it was a "meth house". All of the parties' property was to be divided equally but the applicant was reimbursed for debts he had paid following the end of the relationship, legal costs, and damage to the family home that needed to be repaired before sale. The applicant also sought a lump sum payment of child support, but as the respondent had not been presented with that issue the Judge determined it was unfair to make a decision without giving her a chance to make submissions. A date was set for a hearing. Judgment Date: 12 December 2019. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *