Representing a Mother in Child Arrangements Order

Marie represented the Mother in an application by her ex-partner for a child arrangements order in respect of their two young children.

There was no contact ordered because of concerns about the Father’s alcohol issues. The court was also concerned to learn that he was involved in care proceedings in respect of another non-subject child, and the case was listed for disclosure in relation to that. The Father failed to attend and court warned that if he does not attend in future, his application may be dismissed at that time.

The case was listed for a hearing to determine whether the Father is engaging in proceedings, and to consider disclosure in relation to the care proceedings.