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July will soon be upon us and arrangements will need to be made for how your children will spend their time during the summer holiday period. It is important to plan ahead especially when you are a separated family, to try and avoid any unnecessary distress or conflict for you as parents and also for your children who may inadvertently be caught in the middle if problems arise.

Consideration will also need to be given to any foreign holidays you may have planned and whether this is agreed by the other parent or whether an order of the Court will be required before you can remove your children from the jurisdiction of England and Wales. The last thing you want is to get to border control and be refused permission to board your flight as you do not have written consent from the other parent.

Consideration also needs to be given to the timing of holidays. If you plan to take holidays during school time, you will need to ensure you have the relevant consent from the school to avoid being fined.

If you are unable to resolve matters via direct discussion then there are a number of alternative options available to you including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration. A Court application should be seen as a last resort.

We offer an initial one hour consultation at £100.00 plus VAT to advise you about the applicable law and possible outcomes, the various ways your case could be funded and provide an estimate of the costs involved.  This includes a letter to you to confirm the advice given during the appointment.