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Prisoner's Rights

Family matters

What this chapter covers

  • Pregnancy and childcare in prison
    Accessing healthcare and going to appointments outside, applying for early release, Mothers and Babies Units and financial support
  • Parenting rights
    Seeing your child, who looks after your child while you’re in prison, parenting when you’re released and resolving disagreements in the Family Court
  • Oranga Tamariki
    When Oranga Tamariki will get involved, Family Group Conferences and returning your child to your care
  • Child support
    Paying child support in prison and who is eligible to receive child support
  • Sole parent support
    Transferring payments to a caregiver
  • Getting a Protection Order
    Applying for a Protection Order for you or your children
  • Protection Orders against prisoners
    If you’ve been served with a Protection Order while you’re in prison

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