Acting for applicant mother in contact proceedings

Rachel acted for an Applicant mother where the father had obtained a residence order and the mother had not seen the child for 5 years. The parents’ separation had been extremely acrimonious and the father continued to refuse the mother any form of contact with the child.

Rachel’s client was extremely anxious as it was her first court attendance, but Rachel’s friendly and sympathetic manner put her at ease and left her feeling more understanding of the court process – and importantly more in control of what was happening. Rachel robustly put forward the mother’s position both in negotiations with the father’s representative and in court. As had been expected, the matter was adjourned pending the outcome of a report. However, Rachel obtained regular interim letterbox contact for her client, crucially with a direction that contact should be made via a third party in order to ensure that the father was unable to prevent the child from seeing the letters.