Children

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At Family Law Decisions our McKenzie Friends will be involved in a large variety of situations regarding children matters. We help you put children's needs first and foremost, which generally means they should have the best opportunity possible to have as full a relationship with both parents as depending on the individual circumstances.

The types of cases we assist in will vary immensely but one thing that never varies is that these will be the most important decisions in children's lives over the short-term and long-term.

We try to make sure that we provide the most appropriate and practical advice and information available, so matters are not prolonged and as satisfactory an outcome as possible is achieved at the least possible cost in terms of stress, time and money.

We are frequently told by the parents we assist that our advice and guidance helps them hugely. Often they tell us despite spending large amounts of money with lawyers, we are the first people who explain the issues, likely outcomes and options in a straightforward easy to understand way.

What our clients have to say...

Jeff has given me more than any solicitor ever could. Due to Jeff's insight and experience, I have regained a special bond with my daughter. There are no quick fixes with the UK's legal system, but Jeff has taught me to be a better person, whilst winning over the Judges in court. Jeff Botterill is worth his weight in gold and if you care about your children then you will be a lucky person to have Jeff on your side. As long as you listen to his advice you will stand a fantastic chance of being able to be a good parent to your children.
– Mr S. (Surrey)
Thank you so much to Colin once again for all the help and advice that he gave me.

We are now a happy re-United family I never dreamed possible. I didn't understand the court process, I cannot thank him enough for re uniting my family.

He was helping me write statements and filling in court forms until late at night and put up with my lack of IT knowledge, he is a wonderful guy, cannot thank him enough for what he has done.
– Ms C. (Lincolnshire)
I came to meet Jeff for a urgent matter of leave to remove abroad. On this kind of complex cases I believe emotions make it really hard to focus and see the right angles of approach. Jeff has been able to break things down for me and bring the focus on the children's welfare. His knowledge of the law and experience in court have been crucial on my case. In a really short time he has been able to understand the problem and propose solutions.

Despite the fact I wasn't able to get a barrister, Jeff and his associates have been able to bring my case forward, and defend my position in a way a barrister probably wouldn't have, and for a very affordable cost.

I recommend Jeff to anyone facing legal family issues and wish to have tailor made defence.
– Mr G. (London)
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Colin from the bottom of my heart for his assistance with this case. Colin has been a rock for me and his advice and guidance has been flawless throughout. Without his help I could not have reached the agreement and result that has been achieved today. Thank you so much to Colin and Family Law Decisions for helping me conclude what has been the worst two years of my life. Finally I can move on with my beloved son firmly by my side. The weight that has been lifted from my shoulders today I cannot begin to describe.

Once again I am indebted to the support that Colin has given.
– Mr H. (Birmingham)
Calling Family Law Decisions was the best decision I ever made. I was in my third year of court cases and had used barristers for previous court appearances but was given poor advice and always felt disappointed, questioning which "side" they were working for. Two days before I was due in court (again), I rang Jeff Botterill and immediately, after having chatted at length about my court history, I felt a huge sense of relief knowing that I could now put my future legal battles in the capable hands of Jeff and his colleague Colin Brealey.

I have had the pleasure of working with Jeff and Colin, both highly knowledgeable and professional, they helped me remain calm under extremely difficult circumstances, without them supporting me in the background with all the court statements and by my side in court, I would have fallen apart. Their ongoing support has been overwhelming and this type of first class service is something you do not get using a firm of solicitors. I feel indebted to you both, thank you.

My advice to anybody looking at this website, pick up the phone, it will be your best decision that you have ever made too.
– Ms H. (Berkshire)
I have recently been assisted by Colin Brealey at my Final Hearing at court. Colin gave me a tremendous amount of time and support building my case prior to the hearing at short notice. Not only was he dedicated to his work he was also very supportive and enthusiastic . He fully understands the court process and gave me great advice regarding how to present myself within court. Without Colin's knowledge and negotiating skills I believe I would not have achieved such a successful outcome with my case. He understands the importance of equal parenting and gives his upmost to support families. I would highly recommend Colin to anybody and would not hesitate to ask for his assistance again.
– Mr C. (Derbyshire)
Result! Jeff helped me to win my Final Hearing so my daughter can now come and stay at my house. Straight talking and knowledgable he was better than my previous barrister and around a quarter of the price. I wish I had known about McKenzie Friends a year ago and would recommend Jeff to any father going through the slow pain that is the UK family court system.
– Mr S. (Bristol)
Jeff is an excellent MF. During the final hearing, in which I had to face my abusive ex husband, Jeff's knowledge and professionalism gave me the strength to stay calm and confident. He is very upfront and honest with the merits of your case and where there may be problems which means that you go into the session feeling like there are no surprises that can appear. Jeff was so good in preparing my closing submission as he was able to get to the main points of my complex case and put forward suggestions and justifications for my arguments. I felt safe in his capable hands and would highly recommend him to any woman going through the family court system

Thanks a million again for yesterday, the notes were great and I will be pursuing this transcription of the judgment.

All the very best
– Ms K. (London)
Thanks Jeff for all the advice and help leading through a tricky set of court cases against the mother of my child who, a solicitor herself was determined to make it as hard as possible to get access to my son. I originally went through a family law solicitor before a chance conversation lead me to look up McKenzie friends on the net. Going down this route and choosing Jeff's company was the best decision I made. Not only was the rate substantially more expensive via the solicitor compared to Jeff, but the high level of advice and general passion for the job was obvious from the start with him. Previously access was sporadic and when it fitted in with the mother's life, now I am now building up a great relationship with my son with alternate weekends and holidays. I have no hesitation in recommending Family Law Decisions to anyone who was in the same position as I was and looking to get regular access to their children.
– Mr L. (Greater Manchester)
Dear Jeff, Just a quick few lines to thank you again for your support yesterday and the fantastic work you did on our Skeleton Argument. I thought it was exceptional myself but obviously I don’t have legal training. I don’t think you could get a higher accolade than Lord Justice Wood saying that it was a “beautifully crafted" document twice during the hearing.
– Mr B. (London)