A mother who took her son to England without court permission has been ordered to return him to Australia so that he can be close to his father. The mother had moved to Australia from England in 2002. While there, she had an eight-year relationship with the father. They separated in 2014 and began litigation
Qualified as a Solicitor in 1993. Paul joined Machins as a Trainee Solicitor in 1991 and has been a Partner since 1997. He is a member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Panel and the Law Society’s Children’s Panel as an Accredited Specialist.
He undertakes the vast majority of all hearings in which he represents clients, varying from complex and challenging financial settlements through to final hearings where the Local Authority may be seeking orders placing children in their permanent care. Paul is also a Resolution trained mediator dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdowns.
Specialist practice areas
- Divorce, dissolution and separation following marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation
- Arrangements between parents or grandparents regarding children
- Financial arrangements following breakdown of a relationship including financial orders and deeds of separation
- Domestic abuse
- Child abduction
- Child Protection/Care Proceedings and Social Services
- Forced Marriage Protection Orders
- Civil partnerships
- Prenuptial arrangements
TestimonialsFantastic service. Very professional! Calms the situation, puts matters into perspective, makes excellent decisions.Mr M.I found you to be efficient concise in all dealings and believe you to be totally fair with guidance on costs.Mr C.Thank you for achieving a very successful outcome for me. I cannot speak too highly of your expertise and professionalism.Mr R.B.I found you very helpful and understanding, I was kept informed of my case.Mrs N.M.I want to thank you for how easy you and Machins have made this, I felt totally supported all the way through and I really appreciated your candid and fair comments/responses both to me and also to my ex-wife's solicitor. I have and will continue to, highly recommend you to various contacts and hope you do achieve some increase in business as a result.Mr B.I know we didn't start as straightforward as we wanted, but throughout the entire process when you took over, you have been thorough, clear and supportive. I appreciate all your efforts and good advice.Mrs M.
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