A Father’s Right To Be Informed About His Child

Once you have separated from the child's mother, it can be difficult to feel as though you are being kept in the loop about major things in your child's life.  To stay informed about their child, it is often best for fathers to gain access to the child's medical and educational information.  It is common…

Are You Or Your Children At Risk Of Abuse From Your Ex?

Whenever a relationship ends, there are bound to be hurt feelings and a lot of tension between the parties but sometimes, a relationship breaks down due to some form of abuse.  If you have been in an abusive relationship and are separating from your partner, you must make sure that you take the necessary steps…

Changing A Child’s Surname – What Is The Law?

Separation not only means that a child's family ends up broken, but in some cases, one of the parents will want to change the child's surname too.  Whilst this may be a decision welcomed and understood by the child, often, it can be damaging to a child's identity.  If you or your ex wants to…

Help With Court Forms

When you apply to court, you will find that there are quite a number of forms to choose from.  For a lot of cases, there is just 1 form that you need to apply but if your case has additional elements, such as when you don't know where your ex is or if there has…

How Can North West McKenzie Friends Help You?

North West McKenzie Friends is a very small family run business.  We try to offer as much free advice as possible to ensure that parents are able to access helpful information to help them to represent themselves in court.  You will find sensible advice for working with the other parent as well as suggestions for…

Lies And False Allegations In A Breakup

Going through a separation can be a messy and ugly process.  Not only are there negative feelings between the parties, but it can also cause one or both people to fling mud at the other person and go as far as to make false allegations about the other parent.  This can be the result of…

Making Decisions Together

Even if you have split up with the child's other parent, you will always be your child's parent, just as much as the other parent is.  This means that you both have a responsibility towards your child.  This involves bringing up the child to be a happy and well rounded member of society and making…

Rights of the Father of an Unborn Child

We're sometimes asked what rights a man has if the child has not yet been born.  The simple answer to this is that there are no rights for the father of an unborn child.  Until the baby's birth is registered, the father cannot apply to court for an order and he does not have any…

Support When Attending Court

When you go to court, it's a good idea to make sure that you're prepared.  You don't need to have a solicitor with you and you may find that not using a colicitor may actually be beneficial.  For a start, you won't have to pay extortionate fees to a solicitor to do something that you…

The Court Process For Contact Orders

When you split with your ex, it can be difficult to reach an agreement about contact with your children.  If the split is acrimonious, you may find that you are being denied contact altogether or that the mother of the child doesn't offer frequent or reliable contact.  As a loving father, it will be important…

The Welfare Checklist and Its Importance

In this article, we will take a look at the Welfare Checklist. Any time that a case concerning a child is brought to a courtroom, the court will always consider the best interests of the child or children involved.  Whilst some believe that the parents should be listened to and their opinions and requests should…

What Is A MIAM?

If you are thinking about going to court, you may need to attend a MIAM.  If you want to know more about what a MIAM is then read on as this article has all the information you need. What Does MIAM stand for? MIAM is short for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting.  It is usually…

What is Parental Responsibility?

Maybe you've heard the phrase Parental Responsiblity in the past or perhaps you've only just heard it now that you are researching the court process.  If you want to know the answer to "what is parental responsibility?" then read on as this article will address this phrase and what it means. What Is Parental Responsibility?…

What Legal Aid Is Available For Family Issues?

This article looks at the various options that may be available to you if you need help to pay legal costs in the family court.  We take a look at legal aid, eligibility and what is covered as well as the evidence that you will need to support your application for legal aid. What Is…

Who Has Parental Responsibility?

Do I Have Parental Responsibility? If you are the biological mother of the child, then you will have parental responsibility automatically as soon as your baby is born. Fathers have Parental Responsibility (PR) if they are: Married to the child's mother at birth or conception Named on the birth certificate (by either registering the birth…