Achieving agreement without the need for a final hearing

Marie represented a Father in a case where there had been a shared care arrangement for a number of years until the Mother refused contact and made allegations of physical abuse by the Father on the child.

The Child Arrangement Order was suspended and contact was to be supervised until after the outcome of a report by Children’s Services.

The report recommended there be some parenting work for the Father, but that there continue to be a shared care arrangement. With Marie’s support, at the DRA a final order was agreed between the Parties for a shared care order, meaning that there was no need for the parties to proceed with the expense or additional stress of a final hearing.