Child Abuse

Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children.  In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department for Children and Families (DCF) define child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other…

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Francesca Wiley is  trained and experienced in Direct Public Access relating to family law cases. In the right case, direct access to a barrister – without first instructing a solicitor – can be quicker and better value for clients.      

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You can apply for a single court order, or a number of them, depending on what you’ve been unable to agree on. Arrangements for your child A ‘child arrangements order’ decides: where your child lives when your child spends time with each parent when and what other types of contact, like phone calls, take place…

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Wardship

The High Court has powers to make certain orders regarding children where they have been removed, are in serious danger or at risk. The court will make the child a ward. This means that the High Court will have responsibility for that child and no orders can be made or action taken which affects the…

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Parental Alienation

Parental alienation (or Hostile Aggressive Parenting) is a group of behaviors that are damaging to children’s mental and emotional well-being, and can interfere with a relationship of a child and either parent. These behaviors most often accompany high conflict marriages, separation or divorce. These behaviors whether verbal or non-verbal, cause a child to be mentally…

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