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July 29, 2020

Divorced and separated couples have been urged to be reasonable and co-operative about child contact arrangements during the Covid-19 outbreak.

It comes amid mounting evidence that some people are using the current crisis as an excuse to prevent their former partner fro...

July 21, 2020

The Family Court has allowed indirect contact to continue between a mother and her eight-year-old daughter in a case where there were “no right answers, only least wrong ones”.

The girl’s parents had separated in 2013. She remained with her mother and older sister, who...

July 15, 2020

A mother has won her legal battle to be allowed to live in a residential unit with her 5-month-old baby despite concerns raised by her local authority.

The mother was in her late 20s and had a history of drug addiction, which had led to the amputation of one leg and the...

June 3, 2020

A Parenting Plan is a written agreement entered into by separated parents setting out how they are going to manage the care of their children and how they will exercise shared parental responsibility.  

Going through a separation can be a difficult time, especially when...

May 26, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has made it difficult for many divorced and separated parents to comply with arrangements they’ve made over contact with their children.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division of the High Court and Head of Family Justice, has issued s...

April 9, 2020

A judge made a mistake when he refused a placement order for the seven-month-old daughter of a “chaotic parents”.

That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving a couple whose lives were characterised by drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and me...

March 24, 2020

The High Court has ruled that a four-year-old boy should be returned to his father following his wrongful removal from his home by his mother.

The case involved a Hungarian couple who began a relationship in 2010. They moved from Hungary to Germany with their son around...

March 10, 2020

A mother has had to forfeit the residential care of her son after she tried to alienate him from his father.

The case involved a boy who lived with his mother but had regular contact with his father and his paternal family.

However, from March 2018, there had been no dir...

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