Marie Crawford

I am a highly regarded family law specialist with extensive experience of all aspects and stages of family law at all levels of court. My clients recognise and appreciate my approachable and empathetic approach to them and keen pursuit of their interests.

Whilst I will always do my utmost to achieve your objectives, I will also consider the wider issues of the case that impact emotionally and practically on you alongside the legal aspects of your situation, and take all of those factors into consideration when advising you. My clients have found that this really helps them to make what are sometimes very difficult, far-reaching decisions.

Marie is listed as a leading family junior of the South Eastern Circuit in the Legal 500 2015.

Marie is very highly regarded in all aspects of Children Act work, particularly care cases

Experienced in contested cases in both the public and private children law spheres.

My articles on family law have been published in Family Law Week and Counsel Magazine.

I’ve complete the Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford, recognised as arguably the best and most intensive advocacy course in the world. To give you an idea of the level, other participants include lawyers from the War Crime Tribunal in The Hague, members of the Scottish Bar, the Florida Bar, the South African Bar and the Bars of Australia, India and Pakistan.

 

Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme)

Many of my clients are dealing with the emotional fall-out of parental separation and family breakdown, and I understand how difficult this experience can be.

I can act for you in court applications (which are often a matter of urgency) for Child Arrangement Orders deciding whether your child or children will live with you or their other parent following your separation, and how and when they should see the parent they don’t live with. This can include where you or the other parent has made allegations of domestic violence, substance misuse, abuse of children or poor parenting, and if this is the case I can help you deal with applications for Injunctions and Prohibited Steps Orders.

I’ve also represented many parents in applications to take their child/ren to another country, and applications for Specific Issue Orders, for example when you want to change their school, change of surname or when a child has been taken out of the country without the other parent’s consent.

Marie Crawford's Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme) Cases

Marie Crawford's Testimonials for Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme)

Public Law Children

I’ve represented many parents, grandparents and children’s guardians in Care and Adoption proceedings, often dealing with allegations of the most serious harm to children, such as multiple injuries, sexual abuse and Munchausen Syndrome by proxy. Many of these cases have involved parents who are also facing criminal prosecution as a result of the allegations.

In acting on these cases I’ve encountered and supported families struggling with addiction and other mental health issues and/or learning difficulties.

Whatever your background or issues, I aim to help you through each step of the legal process, and ensure that you get sensitive representation in Court as well as ensuring the children’s best interests are maintained.

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you, from the moment you came aboard the case, you turned everything around and I truly believe that if it wasn’t for your hard work … I wouldn’t have got the result I did. So from me and my children thank you so much.”

Family Injunctions

I have helped many clients make applications for emergency Non-Molestation Injunctions and Applications for Occupation Orders under the Family Law Act 1996 – which is what you need if you seek to remove your partner or former partner from the ‘matrimonial’ home – this applies whether you are married or cohabiting. You may also need an injunction if the issue is not between you and a partner or former partner. For example, in a recent case I helped an elderly woman whose son lived in her home and was being abusive to her, by obtaining a non-molestation injunction.