In Mills v Mills  UKSC 38, the Supreme Court has allowed a husband’s appeal against an order, secured in the Court of Appeal, which increased the level of his periodical payments so as to cover her shortfall between existing periodical payments and her current needs. Hazel Wright, partner in the family department at Lincoln’s Inn firm…
When family relationships change, children are affected in a variety of ways. After separation, parents need to reach agreement about a whole range of issues concerning the children – particularly where will they live, and how often the other parent will see them.
There may be other issues too, such as to which school they should go, in which faith they should be brought up and whether they should live permanently out of the country, which cannot be resolved by the parents. In such circumstance, the court has a range of powers to resolve such disputes.
Inevitably children often find themselves at the centre of these disputes and we are conscious that it is always important to put the interests of the children first so that they are protected from the situation in so far as it is possible.
Parents also need to reach agreement about the appropriate financial provision to be made for children: this will vary, depending upon whether the parents are married or not. We have experience in advising on all of these issues, and on whether the disputes can in the particular circumstances best be resolved by agreement, such as using mediation, or through the Court process.