This blog was originally published on 20 March 2020. As the situation keeps evolving, we have updated our advice.
With extensive experience and expertise in all issues relating to children and their welfare, we will work with you to find the best and most appropriate way to secure the wellbeing of your children.
The diversity of the areas of law at Clarion enable it to approach financial remedy advice as part of a cross-discipline team with an eye to both the commercial and family aspects of each case.Legal 500 2019
Parents who have ‘parental responsibility’ cannot simply make unilateral decisions relating to their children’s welfare as they sometimes think they may. Questions such as a schooling, religion, medical treatment, and foreign holidays need to be agreed by everyone who has parental responsibility for that child or ordered by the court.
The majority of our instructions regarding children matters come from parents who are unable to agree the level of contact they are to have with their children, and who is to be the ‘resident’ parent.
Also, we are regularly instructed by resident parents to obtain financial provision for child(ren) from a non-resident parent. This is dealt with as a matter of course, between divorcing parties but expert advice is needed when the parents have not been married or been in a civil partnership.
We can deal with all these matters with confidence and expertise. You will be guided and our legal advice will pull on our vast experience in these types of cases in order to put you in the best position you can be to increase the chances of you achieving the outcome you want.
The lawyers in the team carry out the majority of their own advocacy. This means that you will be represented in the court room, by lawyers that you know and trust and know your case inside out, and back-to-front.
For further information about our work in Children matters, see Jenny’s blog Projects to help separated parents and Amy’s blog Private agreements on children issues are the most satisfactory way forward.
Schools are getting ready to close for the summer break. Travelling with children can be tricky at the best of times but for those parents who are travelling with a child with a different surname, it can be even more complicated.
On Thursday 6 June, the Law Commission released their consultation paper on surrogacy reform, to better support the child, surrogates and intended parents.
Despite some of the legal and ethical complexities that exist around it, surrogacy is on the rise, both in Britain and internationally. Demand is strong - and growing fast. While many countries don’t formally record the number of children born via …
As a family lawyer over the years I have helped a number of grandparents who have questioned their rights and for various reasons have been stopped from seeing their much-loved grandchildren.
Every couple in England and Wales will, in future, be able to choose between a civil partnership and a marriage if they choose to formalise their relationship, the Prime Minster has recently announced.
The 'ideal' divorce may be one where the divorce financial settlement is agreed quickly and easily.
While children will be looking forward to the summer holidays, for a separated parent the run up to the holidays can be a stressful time. Usually, the normal term time parenting plan agreement is suspended giving parents free rein to reach an arrangement…
The recent ruling (6th April) that a father, Jon Platt, who took his six year old daughter out of school for a holiday in Florida, should pay a £120 for her unauthorised absence raises some interesting issues from a legal perspective.
Formalising child arrangements including where a child shall live after parents separate can be a sticky subject as the recently publicised case involving Madonna, Guy Ritchie and their 15 year old son Rocco shows.
Children almost inevitably suffer when their parents separate but research recently published by family lawyers’ group Resolution shows that the way the separation is handled rather than the separation itself is key to how children feel about it.
I am often asked whether or not one person can take a child out of the country, or whether some form of consent to the child travelling, something people often call ‘child travel consent’, is needed.
The president of the family division and the head of the family justice system , Mr Justice Munby, has rejected a single parent’s application for a Parental Order.
What rights do fathers have when they separate from their child’s mother and what can they do if they are unhappy with the arrangements for their child?
I was really interested to hear in the news today that a High Court Judge has ruled that a baby girl should be removed from her birth mother to live with her father and gay partner and in doing so ensure that the baby’s best interests remain paramount.
Is there a time limit after divorce for applying to court for a financial order?
You may have heard in the news last week of Parliament’s decision to approve legislation which could in effect provide for Britain to be the first country to create 3- parent babies.
I read recently an article on the BBC Future website that questioned whether moving house was one of the most stressful events ever.
For most women, Valentine’s Day is an important day of the year. Not particularly because they need a day to show their love to their partners or vice versa but more because of peer pressure.
A high proportion of the work we do in the Family Team relates to the division of a couples’ finances upon separation or divorce.
The new regulations regarding converting a civil partnership formally come into force on 10 December, which is when the first conversions can take place.
Over half of the people polled, in a recent OnePoll.com survey, admitted to having a "plan B" namely a man who they can start a relationship with, if their current relationship turns sour!
This is not straightforward. The first point to establish is whether you are seeking to enforce a maintenance order in a European Member State or in what EU regulators call “third states.”
As a matrimonial lawyer, we often hear spouses complaining that once the children are grown up and have left home, the marriage is at an end, as they soon realise that they have nothing in common with their partner.
Recent articles in the press have told of a High Court Judge warning wives against entering new relationships following the breakdown of their marriage, whilst the marital finances are yet to be resolved. His comments have attracted interest as many…
In reality are there really any consequences for failing to provide full and frank financial disclosure during proceedings for a financial order?
A question along these lines is one I am frequently asked after I have explained the procedure that is usually followed for divorce and financial matters arising on divorce. Clients are understandably looking for reassurance that their spouses will disclo…
Head of Clarion’s Family Team, Justine Osmotherley, has been included in the 2019 Spear’s 500 – Europe’s most respected guide to the top private client advisors, wealth managers, lawyers and service providers for high net wort…
Family lawyer Jane Ingleby has joined Clarion’s family law team as a legal director. Jane is returning to Leeds after working in Manchester. Jane has significant experience across all aspects of family law including divorce, finances, nuptial agre…
The private client team at Clarion is continuing to grow with family lawyer Stephanie Douthwaite who is the latest to join the 18 strong team. Ms Douthwaite joins as an associate solicitor having spent six years with Blacks Solic…
6% locally have had to leave jobs after a split, or have a colleague who has; 13% have seen workplace hit by sick leave following stress of break-up; 15% say separation or divorce had a negative impact on productivity.