Midlands region protocol: What the Family Courts expect from Parents

The court wants you to think about these things first:

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Fully digital #divorce application launched to the public

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The stress of applying for a divorce could be eased thanks to a new online service that removes the need for paper forms.


Published 6 May 2018



HM Courts & Tribunals Service, Ministry of Justice, and Lucy Frazer QC MP

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Courts to pilot more flexible hours for the benefit of the public

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Early and late sittings will be piloted in civil and family courts, giving people greater access to hearings that can fit around their busy lives.

Published 16 November 2018



HM Courts & Tribunals Service, Ministry of Justice, and Lucy Frazer QC MP

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Gary Drenfield, When Children Become Pawns in the Parental Custody Dispute

Gary's blog discusses how parental behaviours are used to disrrupt their children's lives and suggests strategies for dealing with that.

When Children Become Pawns in the Parental Custody Dispute

Some issues between separated parents are unimaginable. I have heard stories of children coached to call the other parent names; to misbehave; to not eat their food; to be mean to step-siblings. Indeed, over the years, I have interviewed children who have told me that and worse.

Some parents in a bid to curry favor with their child will actually let them eat junk food as they want; miss school; stay out late; use drugs or drink alcohol or otherwise do as they wish just to make the reasonable parenting of the other parent seem inappropriate.

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