22nd Aug 2023

Family Separation and Immigration Issues

Family Separation and Immigration Issues


In this episode of the FLiP podcast, FLiP Associate Vanessa Sampaio, leads a discussion with Andrew Jones, Immigration Solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors on family separation and the possible immigration issues that can be encountered. Vanessa and Andrew cover a wide range of points such as:

  • The challenges that arise from an immigration perspective for individuals in circumstances where their immigration status is dependent on their spouse and there is risk of such status being lost upon divorce.
  • What impact children have on the immigration status of separating individuals.
  • The legal position for unmarried couples who have children and one of the parents has a temporary visa and what can be done to regularise the parent’s status who does not have the right to remain in the country.
  • Protective steps that family lawyers can take to safeguard their client’s immigration position.

About the speakers:

Vanessa advises on all aspects of family law including the division of finances on the breakdown of marriage/civil partnerships, and the preparation of pre and post nuptial agreements. She also advises in respect of matters under TOLATA 1996 and under Schedule 1 of the Children Act. Vanessa prioritises her clients’ objectives whilst providing them with pragmatic advice to assist them in achieving the best outcome for themselves and their children. Vanessa offers a considered approach to resolving her cases as constructively as possible, but nonetheless takes a strategic view when it comes to litigation. Vanessa is ranked as a Recommended Lawyer by Legal 500 2023.

Andrew Jones is a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP. Andrew’s practice covers a wide range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters. Andrew regularly assists clients to make applications for parents and partners applying to enter or extend their stay in the United Kingdom. He also has experience with applications for asylum, British citizenship for adults and children and status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Andrew successfully challenges Home Office decisions in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunals and by judicial review.

For further information or advice on any of the topics raised in this podcast, please contact Vanessa Sampaio in the first instance at E: hello@flip.co.uk or T: 020 7420 5000.