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Marisa is a specialist family practitioner for more than 20 years, with a particular emphasis on family finance cases including financial provision for children and TLATA claims, and on private law children cases including international abduction, relocation and enforcement. Her area of special interest is family creation including donor conceived children, surrogacy, and personal status ' marriage, divorce, parentage, gender, particularly the operation of status across international borders. She has appeared in a number of key cases which define the law, such as T v B  EWHC 1444, which considered the meaning of 'parent' in the context of financial obligation to children, and the case of R ota TT v the Registrar General (2019) which concerns parental status and birth registration following a gender recognition certificate. She is the co-author of a book 'Children and Same-Sex Families: A Legal Handbook' published in 2012. Marisa also regularly delivers training on family law on all areas of her practice, but particularly in relation to the international aspects of family law, and in relation to family creation.
Can a parent who lives outside the UK with the child make an application under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 where the non-resident parent lives in England and Wales? What are the potential implications of Brexit on such an application?
Can a party apply for an interim lump sum order to be made in advance of a final hearing where the solvency of their business is a concern and the business is likely to fail if an order is not made prior to the final hearing?
In proceedings in England and Wales, financial settlement terms have been agreed between the parties, including provision for a property in Scotland to be transferred from joint names to one party, subject to the mortgage, and for the property to be sold if the party who is to retain the property cannot release the other party from the mortgage. Are there any special considerations in relation to the consent order and will the Scottish courts enforce an order in relation to the transfer/sale of the property if required?
Where a cohabitant makes a substantial contribution to a property owned by their former cohabitant which is then sold and the proceeds invested in a second property, can they claim an interest in the second property in the absence of an express declaration as to that specific property?
Where a petitioner does not indicate an intention to apply for a financial order in the divorce petition, can they subsequently seek a financial order after the decree nisi has been pronounced?
Where a woman has never assumed her husband’s surname on marriage but wants to change her name to a double-barrelled name, will the change of name deed refer only to her maiden name and her new name or does it need to refer to her husband’s surname?
Where an order regulating the arrangements for a child has been made in an overseas, non-EU country, and the child has subsequently become habitually resident in England, what weight will the original order be given, and what status will it have (if any) in an application made to the Family Court for a child arrangements order?
FLBA, Resolution (associate member)
Family Law Institute (UK and Ireland)
North Eastern Circuit, Advocate
Birmingham University LLB
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