"The welfare of the child is not to be measured by money only, nor by physical comfort only." - L.J. Lindley in Re McGrath.

Parents are always concerned about their childrens' welfare. However, when relationships end, it can be difficult to agree on what is the best for your children. HJH Law can help you redefine your relationship as parents to move matters forward in the best possible way for you and your family.

HJH Law has expertise in difficult contact, residence and child maintenance cases. We enjoy well-established relationships with the Jersey Childrens' Service and the Police Family Protection Team as well as other support agencies.

We can negotiate or litigate on your behalf regarding where child(ren) will live; what contact the child(ren) will have with their other parent; their schooling, medical treatment and other key issues arising during childhood. We can also advise on child maintenance, parental responsibility, Deed Poll, adoption, and moving the child(ren) to live abroad permanently.

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place we can go as we are and not be questioned." - Maya Angelou.

Relationship breakdown can increase the need for a safe place and support network. In Jersey many parents would consider their home, and their support network, elsewhere. It is not unusual for one parent to wish to return to their country of origin with their child. This can only be done with the other parent's consent or the benefit of a Court order. Removing a child from Jersey without consent or a Court Order permitting you to do so may amount to child abduction, a criminal offence.

If your child has been, or may be, taken out of Jersey, you should seek immediate legal advice.

HJH Law can make an emergency application to Court to stop your child being taken out of Jersey. We are also able to liaise with the Island's port and airport authorities to alert them to the possibility that your child may be taken away.