Child Disputes

Wherever possible we refer child disputes to mediation. Where that is not possible or inappropriate, we try to effect an agreement, even if this still requires a court order by consent to give clarity for the parties' and their children.

Case Study

Our client the mother wished to move nearer her family with the children, which the father strongly opposed. He was not able to offer care for the children himself save at weekends and holidays and wished to place the children with a nanny while he had them 50% of the time. The court accepted our submission that the children should not lose time with their mother to be placed with a third party and the mother succeeded in her application to move out of the area.   

Our client the father was alarmed to discover that his estranged wife had taken their son for a painful and unusual yellow fever vaccination , which would only be necessary if she intended to move to an exotic destination like the Ivory Coast in Africa where she had business , financial and social contacts . We achieved a Prohibited Steps Order and Passport Order stopping the Wife from taking the child out of England & Wales , and forcing her to surrender the child’s 2 passports to our safe keeping pending a final Child Arrangement Order .  

 holidays and wished to place the children with a nanny while he had them 50% of the time. The court accepted our submission that the children should not lose time with their mother to be placed with a third party and the mother succeeded in her application to move out of the area.