TOP NORTH WEST SOLICITOR FEATURES IN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS WHO ARE SEPARATED
One of the North West’s most well-known and highly regarded solicitors, partner with Manchester’s McAlister Family Law, has contributed a specialist chapter to 101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children, a new book which aims to help separating parents put their children’s best interests first by the social enterprise OnlyMums & OnlyDads.
Chris Fairhurst, 48, a long-term supporter of the organisation and member of its Family Law Panel, is an acknowledged expert in the realm of children’s issues, is one of only a small number of dual-qualified Resolution and Children Panel accredited specialists in the country, and an authority in the matter of complex child abduction cases, as well as national and international relocation issues.
The married father of four has written a chapter answering the question “Do I Have To Do All The Driving?”, advising separated parents how to make reasonable and sensible decisions regarding children travelling between two homes, including the option of going to Court. Chris has more than 20 years’ experience dealing with a multitude of family cases which have included this issue.
An example of his sensible advice in the chapter includes: “If both parents drive, or have access to a car, could you negotiate one picks up and the other drops off? Or alternate trips? If your ex won’t negotiate, then its better the children see you trying to be reasonable, and just doing the driving. Children almost always invariably understand what’s happening, and, when they are able, will voice their views. The starting point must be, however difficult, to try and put yourself in the other parent’s shoes.”
Fairhurst said: “I was delighted to be asked to contribute to this important book, which I hope will assist in improving relationship and communication skills between separated parents, helping them determine what is best for their children and understanding the processes and mechanics of the law, family courts and the different pathways to resolving issues, including mediation, collaborative law and other approaches.”
The book, published with support and collaboration of Bath Publishing, has been written by a number of expert family solicitors, barristers, mediators and other professionals. It covers the legal landscape, how to cope with the psychological impact of separation, what it means for children involved, and where parents can turn for further help and support.
Director of OnlyMums, Rebecca Giraud said: “101 Questions Answered aims to clearly explain family law processes. We are delighted to have had Chris share his expertise in this book.”
In his foreword to the book, President of the Family Division, The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane said: “Irrespective of the current pressing problem that may have caused a parent to pick this book up, any reader would be well advised to invest the time in reading it from cover to cover, thereby gaining a real ‘feel’ for the approach of family law professionals and the courts in general to these important and difficult problems.”
Author : Emily Fitzgibbons
Editor at The Glossy Magazine | Journalist & Office Manager at Salutions Limited