Children involved in your dispute
When children are involved in your separation the emotional impact on everyone involved is heightened. We handle every matter involving children with the utmost sensitivity.It is usually best for your family if any disputes involving your children can be resolved through agreement between you and your partner, and ideally through collaborative or mediated means rather than in the courts if that can be achieved. In our first meeting with you, we will quickly assess your situation and recommend the best approach.
Due to our depth of experience with complex international work we have successfully represented parents in preventing their children from being moved to live in another country, and alternatively helping others to move.
We also benefit from being able to bring in our trust lawyers who work to safeguard the financial interests of children during separation and divorce, as well as our reputation management team who can help to keep them out of the public eye.
Highest child maintenance award secured in Hong Kong
We acted for the mother and child in Hong Kong under the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance, achieving for our client the highest award for such child maintenance to date.
Removal of a child from Hong Kong to the US
Our team led a case which reached the Hong Kong Court of Appeal concerning the issue of the removal of a child from Hong Kong to the US. This case was interesting because the orders in respect of the children had been made by the courts in Singapore where the children were born and where the father continued to reside. However, the mother and children had lived in Hong Kong for a number of years and therefore we sought an order through the courts there. The court reluctantly refused jurisdiction on the basis that it would not be in the children's best interest if there were multiple jurisdictions involved.
Appealing international relocation with children
Our client, who shared the care of his two children with his former wife, opposed her application to relocate to Canada permanently with them. We represented him in the Court of Appeal and successfully overturned the initial decision, so his former wife did not have permission to leave with the children. The decision marked an influential development in the court's approach to applications to relocate abroad with children.
Confirming that the welfare of children is paramount
We acted for the mother in her application for permission to relocate to Russia with the two children. This decision re-iterated what the Court of Appeal had said in MK v CK, that the only principle to apply is the welfare principle, but in this case the Court decided that our client should be given permission to relocate.
20 November 2023 | Article
Caught in the middle: approaches to child relocation in England and Wales, Singapore and Hong Kong
24 October 2023 | Article
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28 November 2023 | Event
Seminar | Navigating societal transformations in divorce proceedings and children's rights
25 May 2023 | Article
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