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The case of TT and legal recognition for transgender parents

In this blog I explore a recent case in family law involving legal recognition for a transgender parent. With thanks to barrister Richard Jones of 1GC who kindly shared his expertise and in doing so helped the following piece come together.   Background Alfred McConnell (Freddy) is the transgender parent at the centre of the case

Parental Alienation Awareness Day – 25 April 2020

Parental Alienation Awareness Day was created to raise global awareness of this issue. There is no clear data as to the extent or scale of this problem, but those of us who work in family law are aware of it and recognise the impact is can have on children, parents and society. Cases in which

Co-parenting and Compromise during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Compromise is not always easy, but it is an important component of a positive co-parenting relationship.  Compromise is integral when reaching agreements and we know that arrangements that have been agreed between parents have a higher chance of long-term success compared to arrangements that have been imposed by the court.   The current Coronavirus crisis

Enforcing a Child Arrangements Order

All too often we receive enquiries from parents who have walked out of Court, with the child arrangements order sought in hand, hoping their troubles would end there. Unfortunately, time passes, the other parent is refusing to abide by the order, and they’re left asking ‘what next’?. There are steps which can be taken to

How mediation can help parenting after parting

When parents separate, they do not simply separate into two family units, they shatter into multiple pieces creating a myriad of issues that they must work through – housing, mortgages, income needs, pensions, children and living arrangements. The emotional fallout coupled with the stress and worry as to how housing and income needs are to

Co-parenting After Divorce

Separating or going through a divorce is one of life’s most difficult journeys. When you are separating, a lot of legal words get thrown around – custody, residence, contact, access, child arrangements, shared parenting and of course, co-parenting. Understandably, all of this legal jargon can be very difficult for parents to understand. In recent years, one of

Who pays the school fees on Divorce

Most of the clients I meet with, whether through mediation or to give advice to, whose children are in private education stretch themselves to ensure they can meet school fees. There are not many couples where school fees are met easily from either savings or income. However, the wish to educate their children privately is

What Happens if my Child Refuses to go to Contact?

As a parent, if your child is refusing to spend time with the other parent, many would empathise with you for not wanting to ‘force’ them. Unfortunately, the Court does not always share this empathy. So, what should you do if your child refuses to go to contact? It would be easy to assume that