Mark Christie

Mark Christie is the head of Stowe Family Law’s dedicated Children’s Department. Mark has specialised in family law for more than 30 years and provides clients with a wealth of practical experience.

What parents in dispute should know about SPIPS

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August 23, 2017 2 comments

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For any couple with children, whether married or unmarried, unable to agree arrangements for them and embroiled in court proceedings under the Children Act 1989, the chances are that at an early stage in the proceedings the Court will order both parents to attend what is known as a ‘SPIP’: a separated parents information programme….

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A year in children’s law

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December 31, 2015 1 comment

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As we head towards the end of 2015 now is an appropriate time to reflect on developments in the ever changing landscape of family law over the last 12 months. The Children and Families Act 2014 has now been in force for some 20 months and practitioners and their clients have had a chance to…

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Divorce and children: your questions answered

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December 14, 2014 5 comments

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Mark Christie is head of the Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law. Here he answers some of the many questions about children that have brought visitors to the blog over the last few weeks.   My ex-husband refuses to pay child support and he lives in Italy. What can I do? Unfortunately, as your ex-husband lives outside England…

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Child abuse scandal engulfs Rotherham

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August 27, 2014 15 comments

The leader of Rotherham Council has resigned following the publication of a report revealing widespread child abuse in the South Yorkshire town. As many as 1,400 girls were sexually and physically abused by gangs over a 15 year period. Some were even abducted and trafficked to other cities, The Times reports. The abuse included children…

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Children and the law: your questions answered

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June 13, 2014 1 comment

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I have been threatened with a non-molestation order. Can’t I contact my children? Even if you have been threatened with a non-molestation order application, or indeed if such an order is made against you, this may not prevent you contacting your children.  It will depend on the wishes and feelings of the children provided they…

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Divorce and children: more questions answered

February 28, 2014 1 comment

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Mark Christie, the head of the dedicated Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law, answers more of the many questions about children that have brought visitors to this blog in recent weeks.   Do maintenance payments drop if I move in with a new partner who has children? Yes, under the new child maintenance scheme the parent who pays child…

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Divorce and children: more questions answered

October 18, 2013 10 comments

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Mark Christie, the head of the dedicated Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law, answers more of the many questions about children that have brought visitors to this blog in recent weeks.   The non-resident parent has free living accommodation – does this affect child maintenance payments? The living accommodation costs or absence of them does not affect an assessment of child…

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Divorce and children: more questions answered

September 27, 2013 1 comment

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Many of our readers have questions relating to their children following divorce or separation, and no wonder. Its’ a difficult topic and one that provokes emotion like few others. Here Mark Christie, the head of the dedicated Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law, answers more of the many questions about children that have brought new…

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