Family Court quarterly statistics: a call for alternatives to courts

Alice Scambler, Partner in the Family Law Department of Thomas Mansfield Solicitors, has featured in the Solicitors Journal reiterating the advantages of the alternatives to courts. As a qualified solicitor and mediator, Alice advocates for out-of-court solutions as much as possible, and especially in cases where children are involved. In her article, she points out […]

“We disagree on vaccinating our child”

Many experts are calling for children over the age of 12 to be vaccinated against Covid-19 ‘as soon as possible’. That’s in order to achieve herd immunity against the Delta variant.  And while this may be an important step in protecting the population and keeping youngsters in school, it will raise strong feelings and concerns […]

Latest statistics show increase in Family Court cases

The Ministry of Justice has released the Family Court statistics for January to March 2021.

The court system seems to be maintaining its recovery from the COVID pandemic, but since the last quarterly review there has been an increase in the number of cases commenced in the Family Courts, with a rise in financial remedy applications (29%), domestic violence (15%) private law (5%) and matrimonial and adoption cases  (1%).

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors expands its international family law team

Specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield Solicitors welcomes Gemma Fuentes Romero to its international family law team. Gemma practices English and Welsh law in the UK and Spain. She joins from a Spanish law firm in London and, prior to that, a boutique international family law firm in Madrid. Qualified in 2019, Gemma advises clients in […]

Private children: Facing the issues

The Family Solutions Group report refers to a ‘series of scattergun initiatives’ and points to a fundamental flaw in the idea that children’s rights and welfare can be protected while they are not present in what is an indirect adult-driven agenda. Kate Newton highlights key recommendations in the report of the Family Solutions Group to […]

Ex-husband refuses to be vaccinated

Susi Gillespie, Head of the Family law department, has featured in the FT Money with advice to a parent who wants to ban her ex-husband, a frontline worker, from visiting the children because he refuses to be vaccinated. The reader is worried that he might spread the virus to her vulnerable parents and herself through […]

Child Maintenance Payments And Covid-19

The current pandemic has left many parents wondering how a change in circumstances will affect their child maintenance payments, whether they are the parent paying or receiving it. Either parent can apply for a variation of child maintenance, but the outcome depends on certain circumstances and these differ depending on whether you are paying or […]

When Separated Parents Disagree Over Holiday Plans

With the school holidays upon us, families are grabbing the opportunity to travel. This comes of course after months of restricted movement and separation from friends and relatives. For many, the urge to get away is irresistible. Not everyone is enthusiastic, though. Holiday plans can cause problems for separated parents in normal times, but COVID-19 […]

Coronavirus and Family Law

Child Arrangements How do you arrange the children’s time now that the schools are shut (for non key worker families) and what child arrangements apply – term time arrangements or holiday arrangements? These are unchartered waters.  Common sense and communication will have to prevail.  As is often the case in family law, there is no […]

Coronavirus Crisis: Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders

Originally published at https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/coronavirus-crisis-guidance-on-compliance-with-family-court-child-arrangement-orders/. During the current Coronavirus Crisis some parents whose children are the subject of Child Arrangements Orders made by the Family Court have been understandably concerned about their ability to meet the requirements of these court orders safely in the wholly unforeseen circumstances that now apply. This short statement is intended to […]

Lockdown and Child Arrangements

Last night Boris Johnson announced restrictions on movement unprecedented in most of our lifetimes – not even during the 1st and 2nd World Wars were citizens directed not to leave their homes save for exceptional (and prescribed) reasons.   Public gatherings of more than 2 people are banned, as are weddings and baptisms (funerals are allowed). […]

Child Arrangements at Christmas and Beyond

With the Christmas holidays upon us many parents have been busy planning for the festive period, whether that be arranging a foreign trip or outings for the children. But for many separated parents these arrangements can be a bone of contention and agreement is not easily reached. It is always encouraged that, where possible, parents […]

Protecting Your Children From The Negative Effects of Separation

We all know that when two people separate, the effects are felt by a far wider circle. Children will often be in the thick of it, continuing to live with one or both parents while the difficult matter of divorce is dealt with. They hear the arguments. They’re exposed to views that they ought not […]

Agreeing Holiday Contact

With the summer holidays fast approaching, parents everywhere are starting to prepare for their biggest juggle of the year. Arranging six or more weeks of childcare, carefully balanced with work commitments – and perhaps even fitting in a foreign holiday – can take its toll on family units. And the difficulty can be even greater […]