Holly Coates's Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Agreeing shared care arrangement

Holly represented a mother who was seeking the reinstatement of a shared care arrangement for the parties’ child. The arrangement had ceased due to the mother experiencing a breakdown in her mental health and the child had therefore spent some months in the sole care of the father. The father now sought that the child Continue reading

Supporting a vulnerable mother in court

Holly represented a mother in the father’s application for contact with the parties’ two children. The father had not seen the eldest child for some years and had never met the youngest.  The mother objected to contact on the basis that the father had subjected her to severe domestic violence during the relationship. The matter Continue reading

Securing residence on behalf of father

Holly acted for the father in a dispute over the residence of the parties’ child. She was instructed through the Direct Access scheme. The case involved an emergency application being made for the child to live with the father due to concerns over the mother’s excessive use of alcohol and, once granted, the matter proceeded Continue reading

Hague Convention proceedings

Holly represented a Father in the High Court in contested proceedings under the Hague Convention, in which the Mother was seeking the return of her child to Eastern Europe from the UK. Experience in this type of case is relatively unusual to barristers based in Kent. Holly’s client sought to oppose the child’s return on Continue reading

Resolving issues involving children’s residence

Holly represented a mother who applied to remove her two children from England to live permanently in the USA. The father opposed the application and sought that the children reside with him in the UK. After a two-day trial Holly’s client was successful in her application and the mother was granted permission to remove the Continue reading

Representing a parent in a complex case

Holly acted for a mother in proceedings brought by her former partner, who was alleging that the mother was implacably hostile towards him, was refusing pre-agreed contact and was alienating the child. Holly’s particular role in this case involved supporting the solicitor in managing their client, who had initially agreed contact but subsequently refused to Continue reading