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Marisa is an Associate in our Family Law team, based in Glasgow. She has two accreditations from the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in both family law and child law. While covering all areas of family law, she is particularly known for her expertise in the field of cross border and international child law. 

Marisa is an accredited specialist in family law and accredited specialist in child law. Marisa has particular expertise in international parental child abduction. She receives direct referrals from the Scottish government in this area and deals with enquires from child abduction charities. She has lectured and written articles on the subject. She is a full member of CALA, an English law group comprising child abductions specialists. She acts for both parents who have had their children removed from them and for those who have wrongfully removed children. Marisa understands the stress and anxiety that clients go through in this complex and specialist area of law.

Individuals and Families expertise

Marisa has experience in all types of family law including financial provision on divorce, cohabitation matters and child related issues. In recent years referrals in cross border, relocation and interdict/port stop cases have increased. She deals with clients throughout the UK and frequently advises clients in Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. More recently, Marisa has seen an increase in referrals from London based family lawyers who require her cross border expertise.

Marisa always attempts to achieve a successful outcome for clients through negotiation but has extensive experience in courts across Scotland should court action be required.

What our clients and peers say: 

‘Marisa Cullen has very extensive experience of Hague Convention (child abduction) applications. She is adept at identifying and dealing with the issues which arise quickly and efficiently.’

Legal 500 2020/21

Recent Content by Marisa Cullen

16 Nov 2020

Immigration and parental child abduction advice

Marisa Cullen (Family) and Stuart McWilliams (Immigration) discuss international child abduction and the possible immigration issues that can be...
Marisa Cullen , Stuart McWilliams
30 Oct 2020

Why separating international families who are disputing where their children should live need to know about The 1980 Hague Convention

When parents separate the care arrangements for their children can unfortunately become a matter of dispute. If you are one of many international...
Marisa Cullen
5 Aug 2020

Returning abducted children during Covid -19

International parental child abduction cases are fraught with difficulties in non Covid-19 times but the pandemic has required courts to focus more...
Marisa Cullen


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