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, 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...

Colin has helped me regain access to my daughter after nearly two years of not seeing her. Throughout the process, he always responded to my queries quickly and was brilliant about keeping information and advice accurate and to the point. Whilst in the court, Colin had a calming influence and really helped take away not only the fear of the situation but also the emotion in order to get the result I badly needed. Would highly recommend to anyone in a similar position.
– Mr M. (Wales)
Colin is very professional and intuitive, combine this with a great ability for problem solving and his excellent skills in diplomacy, he is a force to be reckoned with. He has a keen eye for detail and can resolve any situation that is put in front of him. He is always ready to go the extra mile to ensure he delivers and is one of those very rare dependable individuals.
– Mr H. (Staffordshire)
After almost four years in the family court system, I ran out of money and was unable to afford a barrister. I am incredibly lucky to have found Jeff, who's knowledge and experience of the Family Law system is as good or better than any Barrister, QC or Solicitor. With Jeff beside me I had the confidence to represent myself in several hearings and I achieved a very good result.
– Mr J. (London)
Hi Jeff, how are you I hope you are well. Thank you again for your support and help yesterday. I couldn't have done it without you.
– Ms H. (London)
Jeff, your experience of the English Family Justice System is second to none and you have been invaluable in helping me achieve 50/50 contact for my daughter. Thank you very much for all your help and advice.
– Mr B. (London)
Thank you so much for all your help today. After the initial ruffle, as I never expected divorce matters would be given time as part of children's proceedings when also in a different court, we had a pretty fantastic outcome today. Ex was never going to agree to further contact so it was a long shot, but the fact he agreed to the DNA testing and to accept the failure of our marriage is down to his adultery is amazing stuff. Unexpected as all were, today was a very important day. A real turning point and I'm so grateful to have had your support and expert advice. It does go to show the significance. Thank you so very, very much. Hoping your journey back went ok too. Enjoy the rest of your evening,
– Ms G. (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)
Hi Jeff. I hope you had a good holiday. I’m writing to let you know the outcome of the court hearing last week.

Thanks to your excellent witness statements and a really good CAFCASS reports we came away with all the orders applied for. All in All a very good result!

Your help in this matter was invaluable. 6 months ago I was lost and in despair but thanks to you we can now settle back and get on with Family life again. Hopefully stress free from this point onwards!

I would not hesitate to recommend You to anyone in need of your services.
Very Best Regards
– Mr E. (Norfolk)
Hello Jeff, and happy new year to you. We’ve been back at court today and finally have a judgement from HHJ Bellamy who has granted me permission to appeal and has agreed to investigations in accordance with our skeleton argument.

I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for us. HHJ Bellamy commented that it was a very detailed and extremely helpful skeleton argument, so basically you’re brilliant and I owe you so much.

The last part of HHJ Bellamy’s judgement was a bit of a blur as I was crying with relief. Obviously we need to discuss what happens from here.
Many thanks again.
– Ms C. (Warwickshire)
Hi Jeff, Been an emotional few days for me since the hearing.
Thank you for the notes but most of all thank you for all of your support and knowledge. I relied on you greatly and I couldn’t of done it without your support.
Thanks Again
– Ms G. (Essex)