the law and practice about relocating a child from the UK


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Key Contacts

Maeve O'Higgins 170x213Maeve O’Higgins

Maeve deals with all aspects of family law and has extensive experience of acting for clients in relation to children matters, including applications for leave to remove/relocation of children cases.

Maeve regularly acts for parents wishing to relocate abroad with their children, as well as parents opposing their children moving abroad, after the end of a relationship. She has a good record of success in such applications, including applications for temporary removal of children abroad (acting for both relocating and left behind parents) and successful High Court applications acting for relocating parents to non-Hague Convention countries, involving complex and difficult issues, including enforcements of contact after the relocation.

Maeve is an experienced family mediator, having trained with John Haynes, NFM and the Family Mediators Association.

She was amongst the first group of family law professionals in England to train in collaborative law in September 2003 and, since 2004, has been providing collaborative law as a process option for clients who do not wish to go to court.

Maeve is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law and Family Mediation (Practitioner member) panels, a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a member of Resolution – first for family law.


Paul SheilsPaul Sheils

Paul is the former Senior Partner of the firm and now a Consultant at the firm. He is a very experienced family lawyer and is a member of Resolution – first for family law. In addition to family law matters he undertakes the whole range of private client work including Wills, trusts, estate planning and probate.