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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...

February 18, 2020

A local authority in England has been prevented from placing a boy in a children’s home in Scotland because the home could not be classed as a "suitable person".

The case involved a teenager who was made subject to a care order and placed in a residential home in Englan...

February 12, 2020

A mother who wrongfully removed her three children from their father without his consent has been ordered to return them to him in Germany.

The case involved a German couple were married in 2005 and divorced in 2012.

They had joint custody of the children, with the mothe...

December 16, 2019

Few occasions can bring out the potential for conflict between separated couples more than Christmas.

Each parent will naturally want to spend as much time as possible with their children but as there is only one Christmas Day, that can prove difficult.

Of course, most p...

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