Separating, divorcing? Get a fresh start to 2020 with the right legal help
|Published: 14th January 2020 11:35|
PARENTS who are separating or divorcing but are struggling to make arrangements to see their children are invited to get in touch with a new Bristol-based legal practice this month (January 2020).
Children in the Middle is the only legal practice in England and Wales specialising solely in giving parents direct access to barristers to represent them in court, and outside.
Family barrister and co-founder, along with fellow barrister Sarah Evans, of Children in the Middle, Elizabeth McCallum explains: “If you are in a situation where you’re finding it difficult to agree with your former partner or spouse on suitable arrangements for your children, and you have made a New Year’s resolution to sort it out once and for all, then we are here to help.
“Contrary to popular belief, our team of barristers prefer to help our clients reach an amicable agreement, that’s best for their children, outside the courtroom.
“The start of a New Year is traditionally when people think about the scenarios they are in and changing their lives, so if you’re that parent, then we’re here, ready to listen and happy to offer our professional, expert help.
“Wherever possible, we will help parents reach a voluntary agreement over the arrangements for their child.
“But, if court action is required, as barristers, we can provide the experienced representation a parent needs for every stage of the proceedings, from initial advice, drafting an application to the court, representation at hearings anywhere in England & Wales and preparation of witness statements and evidence.
“However, as a parent you may just need one meeting with us so we can give you advice and guidance on the best way forward for you and your child.”
Elizabeth has practiced in this area of law for more than 14 years. She initially qualified as a barrister, then transferred to become a family solicitor. More recently, she has resumed her career as a barrister.
Sarah has a wealth of experience having spent time as a family lawyer working in the USA, Scotland and London before joining Magdalen Chambers in Exeter as a barrister.
Prior to launching Children in the Middle, Elizabeth and Sarah worked together on the landmark case of Re W (Children)  Civ 999 *.
Elizabeth as solicitor and Sarah as barrister acted for the successful father in Re W, where the Court of Appeal ordered direct contact between the father and his estranged children.
This remains one of the leading cases on contact between fathers and children.
Sarah, who has been a children law specialist for more than 30 years, said:
“We’re a unique legal practice offering parents direct access to barristers to advise and represent them when making arrangements for the care of children following divorce or separation.
“Most of our work is done remotely, which means geography is not a barrier. It also means that we keep our overheads down, a benefit we can pass on to the client. What we offer is affordable, expert legal advice about your children.
“By having direct access to us, you can save money by managing your own case through handling the admin and the paperwork, while still benefitting from specialist legal advice from a barrister, who is a children’s law expert.”
Elizabeth added: “We have more than 45 years’ combined experience in the children law field and we aim to offer creative, practical solutions in even the most difficult situations.”