The firm has assisted numerous clients in separations before the courts. We believe that in this area, as in others, our clients’ best interests lie in a speedy and beneficial solution, which is why we aim for consensual separation. Because this is not always possible, we offer the full service, from the initial meditation through to the litigation process until judgement, assisting in all areas from care and custody of minor children, maintenance, division of assets and the matrimonial home. We have also assisted in domestic violence cases and are legal advisors to the main domestic violence agency in Malta.
The firm can also assist clients with enforcing judgments of a foreign court or tribunal in Malta.
Care & Custody Disputes
The firm has advised on various custody related matters, including paternity suits, disputes over matters concerning minor children, and abduction cases. The firm believes that the best interests of the children are of paramount importance in such sensitive matters and we strive to help our clients reach amicable arrangements which safeguard the children’s best interest and well-being at all times, while striking a balance between the rights and duties of the parents depending on the particular circumstances of each case.
The firm acts as legal advisor to the National Child Protection Agency, dealing with a myriad of issues concerning children including, child abuse, neglect, and a wide range of services such as voluntary admissions into care, fostering arrangements, and adoptions. We also provide legal training to professionals in these fields.
The firm has represented a number of clients in abduction cases, both in cases of request for the return of a child to Malta from another jurisdiction and for the removal of a child from Malta to another jurisdiction. The firm can act as the client’s legal representative in Malta, in those cases where the party requesting a child’s return is not present in Malta, and can act as liaison with the Central Authority in Malta which is the official body vested with responsibilities under the Hague Convention in abduction proceedings.
The firm has assisted numerous clients both before the Civil Courts, in obtaining an annulment of a civil marriage, and before the Ecclesiastical Tribunal, in proceedings for the annulment of a Catholic marriage.
The firm also assists in criminal proceedings concerning family matters including cases of failure of one party to pay maintenance to the other, or to allow access to minor children, and in cases of domestic violence.