The answer to this is based upon whether you have Parental Responsibility or not. Parental Responsibility is defined by the Children Act 1989 as being “all the duties, rights and responsibilities each parent has to a child”. In practice this entails that each person who has parental responsibility holds it in equal measure with the other parties who hold parental responsibility....
Solicitor, Family and Matrimonial
Areas of practiceFamily & Divorce
Specialising in Matrimonial Law, Samantha qualified as a solicitor in 1996. She has a wealth of experience in acting for clients in divorce, Children Act matters, the division of marital finances, injunctions where clients have been the victim of domestic violence and cohabitee disputes. Samantha also deal with pre-Nuptial agreements and special guardian ship applications Her years of experience have been recognised by her acquiring two solicitor accreditations. Samantha spends 100% of her working time in her role as a Family & Matrimonial Solicitor.
Samantha is an accredited member of Resolution and as such adheres to a code of practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to a case and is committed to a constructive way to resolve matters for her clients.
Samantha is also an accredited member of The Law Society Children Panel and has represented parents and children in complex Children Act Disputes. Samantha has had one of her cases reported on when it went to the Court of Appeal on a significant issue as to whether an alleged perpetrator of abuse could cross-examine the alleged victim or whether the state should fund an advocate to do so.
Samantha is committed to efficiently delivering the best result for her clients and as cost-effectively as possible. She says “I appreciate the tremendous strain that clients are under at this stressful time in their life and try to alleviate that by representing my clients through what can be a complicated process in a sympathetic manner”.
Samantha does offer clients a free initial consultation to enable them to understand what their options are and the cost associated with the work needed. She also offers telephone appointments where possible for clients’ convenience as she appreciates life is busy and there are many competing demands on peoples time.
Samantha is well known and well established in her field particularly for her professionalism, commitment, hard work and for being approachable. Consequently, she enjoys a number of recommendations from previous clients and other professionals.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Accredited member of Resolution
Accredited member of The Law Society Children Panel
"Thank you so much for all your work, it’s a shame you have to do what you do but again without you it would be so different. My life with my children now is amazing and I’m so grateful thanks again, again take care."
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Divorce is the legal process to end or dissolve a marriage, which is carried out by the Family courts. The procedure begins with a divorce petition and ends with a decree absolute, which dissolves the marriage. It does not of itself resolve disputes about the marital finances or the children. Those aspects need to be dealt with separately and are explained as part of our further blogs. Most...