Setfords Solicitors understand that matters surrounding Parental Alienation are emotional and stressful. Our expert solicitors are experienced in all aspects surrounding implacably hostile parents and will work with you to achieve the best outcome for you and your children.
Parents who separate can often feel that they want to be in control when it comes to their children. This can stem from a multitude of reasons such as feelings of resentment, fear or anger towards their former partner. It is important that a child’s needs are put above and beyond that of the feelings which the parents may hold towards each other. Children are heavily influenced by their parents and hostility between the two can have an unfortunate result in their child; in effect, siding with one parent against the non-resident parent, intentionally or unintentionally. This may manifest itself as the child’s desire to reject all contact with that parent.
When Parental Alienation arises between implacably hostile parents, it is essential not just to address the hostile parent’s behaviour but also to consider what course of action is in the best interests of the child, with a view to promoting a relationship with both parents whilst trying to minimise further trauma or distress.
Setfords Solicitors provide a complete service for our clients and are committed to the resolution of family problems by negotiation and conciliation wherever possible.
Lawyers in focus
Joanna Abrahams – Head of Family Law
Joanna qualifed as a solicitor in 2000 and has a strong background in family law.
She has been on the recommended list of solicitors for the International Child and Contact Unit ( known as the Child Abduction Unit) since qualification and has demonstrated her thorough knowledge of International and domestic children law via her strong negotiation and advocacy skills.
She is also an accredited member of Resolution ( formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) specialising in children and child abduction. She is, in addition, a Law Society Family Panel member.
Joanna regularly appears on BBC 3 Counties Radio as their in house expert to take phone in’s and to offer generic advice to callers.View profile
“Thank you so much for all your help over a rather long time! I’ve always found you to be professional but kind, with a brilliantly speedy response time, and above all, particularly at the beginning of our association, patient with my emotional state and the many silly questions which came out of it.”
Jeremy Ford, MCIArb – Consultant Solicitor-Advocate
Jeremy’s background is not replicated by any family solicitor currently in private practice.
For the last six years he has solely represented children as an advocate in High Court proceedings. This covered issues such as child abduction, children stranded in another country, surrogacy, intractable contact disputes, where a child should live, termination of parental responsibility, radicalisation, leave to remove, and medical treatment.
He has represented children at every level of court and many of these leading cases have been reported.
Jeremy is a family lawyer with the inside track on what is required in cases relating to children. He has a deep understanding of the court process and knows what is forensically helpful and what is not.View profile