Holly acted for the father in a dispute over the residence of the parties’ child. She was instructed through the Direct Access scheme.
The case involved an emergency application being made for the child to live with the father due to concerns over the mother’s excessive use of alcohol and, once granted, the matter proceeded to a two day final hearing.
A social services report had been prepared recommending that the child live with the father and have overnight contact with the mother. At the final hearing Holly’s cross-examination skills enabled her to influence the social worker to change her recommendation to daytime contact only on the basis of the mother’s continued use of alcohol.
Holly was able to secure an order from Magistrates that the child live with the father and have daytime contact with the mother.