Supporting a father as primary carer

Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme (CAP))

29 November 2023

Sophie is regularly instructed by both mothers and fathers for a variety of applications. On this occasion, Sophie faced an unusual situation where the applicant father had given up work and become primary carer to his two young children. Following the breakdown of his relationship with the mother of the children, the father wanted to formalise the arrangements with the children.

This led to a lengthy dispute between the parents, and allegations of heavy drug use. Sophie was able to arrange hair strand testing to alleviate concerns and further negotiate contact between the parties.

The mother made a subsequent emergency application as she wished to change the schooling of the children. This was opposed by the father and Sophie was able to make submissions to the Court and convince the Court that the children should remain within the school chosen by the father.

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