Mike acted for a mother and stepfather of three children in a complex case involving:
- applications for a Child Arrangement Order
- a Parental Responsibility Order to the step father
- discharge of Parental Responsibility for the natural father of one of the three children
- change of surname
- removal from the jurisdiction to relocate to Australia.
The three children each had different fathers and the whereabouts of the 3rd father was unknown. Although the father of the other child had not taken any active part in the children’s life, the Court was insistent on the applicants proving that he had been given proper notice of proceedings before they could proceed without consent.
This case particularly involved Mike’s expertise in ensuring that the correct process had been followed, giving specific advice to solicitors regarding service and preparation of statements to satisfy court everything possible had been done in the face of the father’s non-participation. It also required considerable sensitivity when dealing with the couple’s emotional response to the father’s refusal to engage with the court process.