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Mr X applied for an order for contact to see his son. I gave him advice, referred him to a mediator and did the court paperwork for him. He attended the court hearing on his own as he was based far away from me, and at his first court hearing, the judge ordered double the contact he was seeking.


Dad applied for an emergency prohibited steps order preventing Mum from changing the son’s school, and Child Arrangements Order to deal with contact and residence issues (Dad had wanted contact every weekend and shared residence).

B (mum) cross-applied for a specific issue order and was ultimately successful at a final contested hearing in changing the son’s school, securing a fortnightly pattern of contact and resisting A’s residence application.

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Mother applied for a residence order in respect of her son & daughter – both were living with mother but mother felt that the arrangements needed to be formalised. Mother also applied for a contact order as son was enjoying extensive contact but daughter was not having any and had been excluded from paternal family.

Contact arrangements in respect of the son broke down due to this divisive treatment. With the help of CAFCASS, mother successfully managed to work out a contact schedule to include both children and a residence order was ordered in mother’s favour.

A parental responsibility order was made by consent for the father in respect of the parties’ daughter, as he was not named on her birth certificate.


Unmarried parents owned a property together. Most of the deposit (70%) had been funded by the mother. Father had contributed 30%. The property was purchased in joint names however on a 50/50 basis. Mother tried to recoup her original deposit from the sale proceeds after separation and court proceedings were initiated under TOLATA and Schedule 1 financial Children Act proceedings). The parties eventually settled the dispute, before a fully contested court hearing, as to 58/42 in mother’s favour, which, based on the figures involved, meant that mother was £15,000 better off, even after legal costs. Potentially, she could have got more if she persevered with the court proceedings but ultimately decided it was easier to settle.

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