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25.04.2023: Melissa Kelly

When talking to a solicitor, you shouldn't feel uncomfortable or embarrassed.  They should always try to make you feel understood and that you have been listened to.   


In another article in our Modern Families FAQ series, 'When is a Final Order 'final?'', our specialist solicitors provide advice on how to deal with the situation where co-parents find themselves regularly returning to court to seek another 'final' Final Order. 


In part 4 of this series we hear the inspirational experiences of a dedicated foster carer, Mum, wife and advocate.  


Focusing on the experience of a single Mum, this amazingly personal and honest piece looks at the many joys and challenges for women in this position. 


As part of this series we were lucky enough to speak with one of our key advisors, Cheryl Morgan of the Diversity Trust.  Cheryl and her colleagues have given our team some of the best diversity and inclusion training that we have ever had.  Very kindly Cheryl spoke to us about her experiences as a woman.  Here's what she had to say in discussion with our Melissa Kelly.  


In 2022, can we assume that the fundamental infrastructure of our family courts are suitable and fit for purpose when it comes to modern families?  


As part of the celebration of International Women’s Week we are highlighting some amazing women.  They have been so kind as to share some of their experiences with us, focusing on particular aspects of their lives. 


Much like the delays faced by individuals trying to retain the family home, by way of a Mesher order. The strategies arising from court delays have seen the finely balanced dynamic equilibrium disturbed in matters relating to private school fees.  A follow up article to our recent comments in the Times (article by Catherine Baksi) 'Warring Parents Clog Up Divorce Courts'.


With the ongoing ‘tsunami’ of post COVID cases being sent to the Family Courts resulting in an ever-increasing delay in getting court time, how do applicants with time critical applications, deal with having to wait previously unknown lengths of time before getting in front of a judge?  



And what a year it has been!


We are starting a series of FAQ from clients that we feel go to the heart of modern family considerations and concerns. 


This is a question that parents often ask us.  It may be the case that children are expressing differing wishes and thoughts about where they wish to live and with whom. 


Where there are significant problems at home, local authorities can place children with members of that child's family.  But what happens next?


Our Trusted Partner Jemma Wilkinson, of Jemma Wilkinson Therapy (, has written a piece for us about what it means to be a transgender youth.  


At the close of this Lesbian Visibility Week we want to highlight an inspirational lesbian who is one of the founding owners of The Modern Family Law Company: Deborah Baxter. 



A new Trusted Partner has joined our network, specifically supporting the mental health and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community.  

27.04.2021: Melissa

Making a decision over where your child will be educated is a hugely important decision.  We all want the best for our children, but with the educational choices open to parents being so broad, what if you and your ‘ex’ can’t agree??   


Do Grandparents have a 'right' to see their grandchildren? If not, how do Grandparents go about trying to see their grandchildren if the child's parents aren't in favour?  


Catherine, Annie and Rupert are going to face some challenging times, how will they react?


Sometimes when parents are involved in a dispute over children it can be hugely combative and emotionally charged.  Due to this, it can be difficult to be child focused in the difficult decisions that have to be made. 


A guide to the process of step parent adoption.


This is a very common issue that we encounter and advise upon regularly.  We also get the same question asked by the person thinking of moving: “can my ex can stop me moving away with our children?” 


Our co-parenting couple move ahead with their plans.


One of our amazing Trusted Partners Dr Charlotte Harkness has written a fantastic blog post for us this week on the subject of conversations with children when relationships break down. 

This is a very difficult area, and one that we are often asked about.  Charlotte’s blog helps parents to talk to their children about this difficult subject openly and mindfully, in a way that both child and parent can manage.



If your child or children live for some or all of the time with somebody else, can that person stop you from seeing your child?  Parental disputes regarding contact or residence arrangements for children are common, but what solutions are available?


Early days are the time for preparation and discussion


A guide to successful co-parenting




Decisions about our children's future are never easy, but, when the people with parental responsibility don't agree on what is best for the child, what happens next?


How do we become the best step parent we can be?

14.01.2021: Melissa

The answer is mind bogglingly brilliant!

21.10.2020: Deborah Baxter

Parenting, and its many facets!

12.10.2020: Deborah Baxter

Ever since I had been involved in a number of the seminal LGBT family cases, I wanted to have the legal firm that The Modern Family Law Company is. I had often talked about it but could not easily see how it could become a reality.

11.10.2020: Melissa Kelly

Well D-Day is here, The Modern Family Law Company is OPEN!! I’m so excited. We cannot wait to start positively changing the way legal services are delivered. 

I couldn’t be more proud to be working alongside Deborah, an outstanding lawyer of our time, somebody who I have personally learnt so much from and who never fails to inspire me. 

I can’t wait to start working with our clients to help them achieve their goals, safe in the knowledge that our Trusted Partners will be on hand to give pastoral care to ensure their mental wellbeing. 

To our future clients, we cant wait to work with you!

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