Melanie represented a Father who was experiencing a blank refusal by the Mother to extend his time with his children. There were no difficulties with the current contact but the Mother felt that it was enough. At trial, Melanie successfully argued that the Father should see the children every other weekend, plus one overnight every … Continue reading
Melanie represented a Mother who was concerned with the Father’s mental health and drug taking and wanted contact to be restricted to supervised contact only. The court ordered drug testing and medical records in respect of the Father and ordered that contact should remain supervised until the Father could show that he was not abusing … Continue reading
Melanie represented a Father who was concerned about the Mother’s alcoholism. At court it was agreed that the children would live with the Father, and that the Mother would wear an alcohol testing bracelet for the next three months to monitor her alcohol intake.
Melanie represented a Mother who was asking that her child should live with her and have no contact with the biological mother because of the abuse perpetrated by the biological mother on to the Applicant Mother, some of which was observed by the child. The court agreed and gave Melanie’s client an order that the … Continue reading
Melanie represented a Father who wanted to have his child live with him full time due to concerns about the mother’s new partner. The court agreed with Mel that the risk posed by the Mother’s partner was such that the child should live with the Father and see the Mother for day contact only, minimising … Continue reading
Melanie represented a Father who was seeking to care for his teenage child after the relationship between the mother and child broken down. Despite having not had a particularly close relationship with his child historically, and the mother saying there should be no contact with the father at all, Melanie secured an order for the … Continue reading
Melanie acted for a mother, successfully achieving non-molestation and occupation orders as well as an order for no contact against the father. The father had addiction difficulties and there was a history of domestic violence. A fact-finding hearing established the existence of the domestic violence in the absence of any police records. All aspects in … Continue reading
Melanie acted for grandparents seeking to look after their grandchildren when the parents attempted to leave the grandparents’ home. She successfully argued that the children should remain with the grandparents owing to the inappropriate lifestyles of the parents.
Melanie acted for a father who had been denied access to his child by the mother for over one year, successfully re-establishing contact, and went on to achieve a shared residence order.