Children Disputes Case Studies

Child Arrangements Order

Mr D contacted Lucy Terrell after he was accused of domestic violence by his ex-partner. He had been served with a Non-Molestation Order which meant he could not make any contact with his 5 year old daughter or ex-partner. He strongly refuted the accusations and the Court lifted the order.

Lucy was then able to make an application to the Court on behalf of Mr D for a defined Child Arrangements Order which details when and where a parent is allowed to see their children. Lucy advised that the collection and return point for Mr D to have contact would be at the child’s school or the paternal grandparents to ensure that conflict with his ex-partner was kept to a minimum.

Change of Surname

Miss C had been a victim of severe domestic abuse and her ex-partner was subject to a five-year Restraining Order made by the Magistrates Court in previous criminal proceedings.

Miss C wanted to change her daughter’s surname as the child, who was 7 years old, had horrific memories of her father. As the Father was named on the Birth Certificate and had Parental Responsibility, Miss C needed his consent to change the surname of their daughter. He refused. Lucy Terrell made an application to the Court on Miss C’s behalf for the change of name. Lucy successfully represented Miss C and the Judge felt that there were sufficient grounds and it would be in the best interests of the child to change her surname.

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