Parenting Plans

Parenting plans & post-divorce relationship A written parenting plan is most useful in setting the stage for a successful post-divorce relationship with your children’s other parent. Just the process of creating a parenting plan allows you and your ...

McKenzie Friends

A McKenzie friend is somebody who accompanies a litigant in person to a court hearing for the purpose of assisting him in such matters as taking notes, helping to organise the documents, and quietly making suggestions – for example as to questions to put to a witness....

Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Order

Prohibited Steps and Specific Issues Orders Prohibited steps and specific issue orders are made by the Family Court under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 An application to the court for a prohibited steps order will be necessary when a parent or person with...

Child Maintenance

Child Maintenance   All parents, married or not, have a legal obligation to pay child maintenance and financially support their children, usually until either the child’s 19th birthday or until completion of their full time education. The obligation is not...

Enforcing child arrangements orders

Enforce a child arrangements order Unfortunately it sometimes becomes necessary to ask the court to enforce a child arrangements order which it has made. Some parents will notwithstanding the making of a child arrangements order continue to obstruct the arrangements...

Family Mediation

Family mediation is a way of assisting separating or divorcing couples to resolve disputes and reach agreed decisions with a mediator in a series of mediation sessions on issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship. These could relate to children, financial...