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Parental dispute over child’s ashes

Managing Partner Julian Hawkhead was interviewed by The Mirror this weekend about a parental dispute case.

The newspaper wanted his legal opinion on the case of a mother who had been told she could not scatter her son’s ashes because his father had not given her permission – who had been responsible for the boy’s death. Due to this dispute, the child’s ashes have remained in a funeral parlour for a year.

Julian said that – under the law – the parents were “both next of kin”. Therefore, they both “have an equal say as to what happens to the child’s remains”.

However, he added that the mother may have some success if she takes her case to court as she has “a very compelling reason why she does not wish the father to have the child’s ashes.”

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