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Parenting Plans


Sometimes when parents are separating there can be difficulty in deciding how to deal with arrangements for the care of their children. Whilst matters can start out being agreed, things over time can change and the arrangements may also need to change as the children get older. One way to deal with this is to enter into a parenting plan.

Parenting plans are a written agreement which set out how parents have decided they are going to manage the care of their children at present and in the future, and how they will exercise shared parental responsibility after relationship breakdown. Parenting plans are not a form of court order and therefore they are not enforceable by the court, however, they set out the intentions between separating couples as to how they plan to co-parent.

The benefits of entering into a parenting plan are that they provide a framework of all matters relating to the children which each parent can refer back to. Each parenting plan will be different depending on the circumstances of each family. Topics surrounding the children which can be included in any plan are limitless, but a few examples are as follows:

Parenting plans are aimed to show a shared commitment by parents to their children and should be drawn up and signed by both of them once agreed.

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Hawkins Family Law noted by The Legal 500, 2016 as a “Leading Firm” for a second year running

The practice is delighted to share with you the news that The Legal 500 has noted Hawkins Family Law as a “Leading Firm” for the second year running and as being best known for handling high-value financial remedy cases. Key names include Jo Hawkins (who has “a wealth of experience”’), Annabel Hayward, who provides “sound and pragmatic advice”, and Loraine Davenport. The Legal 500, 2016.

Hawkins Family Law’s “exemplary“ team is ‘very good on pre-nuptial agreements and with high-net-worth clients’. Jo Hawkins has ‘strong experience and a commercial approach’; Loraine Davenport ‘fights her clients’ corner, but knows when it is in a client’s interests to settle’; and Annabel Hayward is ‘a pragmatic lawyer with a cool head’. The Legal 500, 2015.

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“Well-regarded family law boutique” Chambers Guides UK 2016

Hawkins Family Law are pleased to share with you that they have been quoted in the Chambers Guides UK 2016 as a “well-regarded family law boutique, notably active on ancillary relief and children matters. Ability to provide alternative dispute resolution options with mediation and arbitration experience.”

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