Children disputes

Helping parents whose relationships have ended to achieve practical solutions in disputes over their children is vital.

When relationships break down, parents have to try to agree workable arrangements for many aspects of the children's upbringing with the children's best interests at the forefront of their minds to try to minimise the effect of the separation/divorce of their parents.

We advise on specific disputes, such as frequency of contact, the practicalities of where and with which parent the children will live (to include shared care arrangements where appropriate) which school they should go to, as well as on jurisdictional issues, such as disputes over the children's country of residence. We recently acted for the successful father in MK v CK, which resulted in a change in the law about applications to remove the children from the jurisdiction in favour of parents with shared care.

Although it is better for these disputes to be resolved between the parents by agreement (even if legally assisted through mediation or the collaborative process), sometimes it becomes necessary for them to be resolved through court process. Throughout, we aim to provide a service and find solutions that benefit the children and the client.

We also have experience advising grandparents and other family members on contact arrangements.

Although discretion is our watch word, the recent changes to court rules opening up family proceedings to the press mean that high-profile children cases could end up being played out in the public eye. Our dedicated reputation management team can take steps to try to keep the press out of any family proceedings where children are involved.

We also advise on financial claims bought by unmarried parents (see link to section on unmarried parents).

    

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