What is parenting coordination?

Parenting coordination is a child-focused dispute resolution process for separated parents designed to try and minimise conflict.  Parenting Coordinators assist families who may be struggling to implement agreed arrangements for their children from a court order or parenting agreement.  It is most often used where there is high conflict between the parents but who wish

External Child Relocation: A Case Study

Child relocation is a complex area of law. In this blog, I use a fictional case study to explain a practical application of the law on external relocation; getting permission from the court (in the absence of consent between parents) to permanently remove a child from the jurisdiction of England and Wales.  Every family’s circumstances

What is a ‘living with both parents order’?

Going through any relationship breakdown is a very emotional time and agreeing on how and when children spend time with their parents will often be at the forefront of parents’ minds. Understandably parenting when you are no longer in a relationship with the other parent can be challenging. Fortunately, most parents are able to agree

The case of TT and legal recognition for transgender parents

In this blog we 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

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 is

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