Samantha Little, Partner and Head of Russell-Cooke's Children Law team, spoke at the Law Society's Family Section's first annual conference on 29 October 2013 - "The Sacred and the Secular: Religion, Culture and the Family Courts".

As part of the day's program, Samantha Little joined a panel comprising Lord Justice McFarlane, Court of Appeal Judge and Uma Mehta, Principal Lawyer at the London Borough of Islington. Samantha gave a presentation discussing the approach of Family Courts to disputes between parents about matters of religious upbringing and practical tips to practitioners.

The key note speech by the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, which attracted some media attention, can be found on the judiciary website.

Samantha Little commented, "All parents, when separated, are encouraged to work together and co-operate over parenting matters. Sometimes, when they cannot agree, one or both parents will apply to the Family Court for assistance in resolving the dispute."

The lawyers in our Children Law team can advise you in connection with any difficulties regarding your children following the breakdown of a relationship, in particular those relating to disagreements about religious disputes. Attached is a summary of the key issues the Courts have decided on in recent years.

Contact Samantha Little or a member of the Children Law team for further information.

Principles applied by the Courts in considering matters of religious disputes.pdf