Karen specialises in all areas of family law including:
- Civil Partnership Dissolution
- Postnuptial/Post Civil Agreements
- Prenuptial/Pre-Civil Agreements
- Separation Agreements
- Children Act (applications by parents)
Notable Family cases
Representing a mother in heavily contested divorce proceedings and financial matters as well as contested children proceedings. The father acted in person and took every opportunity to delay matters and refused to engage fully in the process. This led to numerous difficulties in progressing the matter and financial strains to the mother and children. The bad behaviour on the party of the husband was taken into account by the court as it was so extreme and this resulted in the mother being awarded almost all the proceeds from the sale of the matrimonial home so that she and the children could be housed without need to revert to the father for assistance in the future. Numerous costs orders were also obtained against the husband.
Representing a father in highly acrimonious children act proceedings where he was accused of sexual abuse by the mother of their 6-year-old daughter. The mother was not keen for contact to be maintained with the father during proceedings, but we were able to ensure this remained in place with adequate safeguards to protect the child. After obtaining various expert reports and statements from healthcare professionals as well as information from the child we were able to prove that no abuse had taken place and the allegations were unfounded which resulted in a huge relief for the father as he was able to clear his name and go back to enjoying a normal relationship with his daughter.
Representing a wife in the UK who had not seen her husband for over 20 years despite them having children together. Using contacts, we were able to locate the husband in Trinidad and with the assistance of international contacts he was able to be served divorce and financial proceedings. The Husband sought to claim a large share of the assets here in the UK by virtue of the fact he was married to our client. He had legal title to assets but had not financially contributed for over 15 years. We successfully obtained an order to transfer the family home to our client and she was able to retain all her savings and investments and her pension much to the disappointment of her estranged husband.
Representing a mother who, after separating from her husband in the UK, wished to leave the UK and return to Germany with her young children. The mother only came to the UK to support her husband (he was British) so that he could further his career. She had no family to support her in London and after the breakdown of the marriage wished to return to Germany with the children as this was in their best interests. The father initially objected to such a move but we were able to produce sufficient evidence to the court to show what his relationship and contact with the children would be maintained if she were to be granted permission by the court to take the children to Germany permanently and ultimately the court were satisfied with her plans and she was granted permission to leave the UK with them.