Karin Walker considers Christmas child contact arrangements amid an overstretched court system.

Before the Christmas break and with ‘switch on’ Christmas lights events abound, inevitably the family practitioner turns their mind to the inevitable pre-Christmas turmoil involving disputed child arrangements for the Christmas season.

The president of the Family Division, Sir Andrew MacFarlane, has implored family practitioners not to make applications to court where they can be avoided, which should be most cases.  

The process ‘is unsuitable for my client’ was always the cry of many litigators, not keen to hand their client to the uncertain world of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) where they would have no control over the outcome and were generally nervous of the process. But a change...

Karin Walker
KGW Family Law

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