As of 1st July 2015, there is a duty on local authorities and schools to have “due regard to the need to…

Goodman Ray are delighted that the firm continues to be ranked in the Legal 500 and that our wealth of experience across all areas of children and family law is recognised once more. This year’s ranking properly reflects our ever growing matrimonial finance practice, lead by Trudi Featherstone, and the niche areas of children law,…

Goodman Ray have been shortlisted as Family Law Firm of the Year (London) for the second time since the awards begun. As a firm, we already have two award winners, Peggy Ray, who won the Outstanding Contribution to Family Law in 2014 and Janet Broadley, who won International Lawyer of the Year, also in 2014.

Gwen Williams, managing partner of GR says, I was chair of Solace Women’s Aid for many years and came across many survivors of domestic abuse who, after being supported by agencies like Women’s Aid and sometimes with the help of the legal profession, were able in time to talk about their experiences of domestic abuse…

We consider the situation following Helen’s dramatic acquittal (broadcast 11 September 2016) The big verdict has arrived – acquittal on grounds of Self Defence – and Helen left the court house a free woman, younger son Jack in her care following 5 months on remand in a prison MBU. She is back in the community,…

“…the simplest of questions…one might have thought that the answer would be as clear-cut and part of the A, B, C of the law. Apparently it is not.” Mr Justice Holman, Weiner v Weiner [2010] EWHC 1843 (Fam) For today’s international families it is often possible to choose whether to divorce in England or elsewhere…

Following the breakdown of a relationship where children under the age of 16 are involved the issue of whom a child lives with and how much time they will spend with each parent may arise. Parents can apply to the court for a Child Arrangements Order (CAO) to resolve (through a decision made by the…

Goodman Ray acts for children in a number of different situations. Our clients include children as parents, children who have been victims of abuse and children who are alleged perpetrators of abuse themselves. Every child deserves the same rights and needs the same protection from the law, whether they fall into none, one or several…

A ground-breaking high court decision will lead to a change in current legislation that prevents single parents from applying for parental order after surrogacy in accordance with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. In the recent case Z (A Child) (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1191(Fam) on 20/05/2016, a biological father challenged the wording in…

The result of the recent EU referendum has caused a great deal of uncertainty and confusion as to how the UK will cope with its decision to leave the EU. As noted in an earlier post the implications of the UK’s vote for Brexit will have a significant effect on family law going forwards. International…

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