Family Law


Our Family Law Legal Hour is hosted by Karen Pritchard, Senior Associate in our Family Department.

​If you require further help regarding family law, please phone us on 01279 755777 or contact Karen Pritchard Directly directly. 

Our Family Law Team will be hosting the Nockolds Legal Hour on the following dates:

Wednesday 4th July 2018 12pm - 1pm
Wednesday 15th August 2018 12pm - 1pm
Wednesday 26th September 2018 12pm - 1pm
Wednesday 7th November 2018 12pm - 1pm
Wednesday 19th December 2018 12pm - 1pm 


Our Latest Legal Hour Questions (04/07/18)

Read all of the previously answered questions here
I have received a voicemail from Cafcass to ask that I speak with them. I have just started court proceedings so that I can have contact with my children. Why do Cafcass want to speak to me? Should I be nervous? 

Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. Cafcass is an advisory body to the court, which promotes the welfare of children and families involved in the family court process. The court should have sent a copy of your application to Cafcass. Cafcass then conduct enquiries of Local Authority and Police records. Cafcass will also speak to the parties involved in the application (i.e you and your former partner), and will ask you about what you are looking to achieve, and what your concerns are. All of this information is then detailed in a letter from Cafcass to the court, along with Cafcass’ recommendations, which the court will consider at the first hearing. 

My ex-partner and I cannot agree on our son’s next school. What can I do?

Ultimately if parents cannot agree on important issues in relation to a child (such as school, religion, medical treatment), they can make an application to the court for a specific issue order. This means that the court will make a decision based on all of the facts, and make a decision that is in the child’s best interests. Whilst the court process can take a long time (and so consideration needs to be given to the timing of a court application so that a decision is made in good time), we (and the court) would always encourage parents to attempt to reach a resolution without the involvement of the court, such as at mediation.