Latest News about Divorce and Family Law

In April 2018, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the courts in England and Wales, issued interim guidance relating to defective divorce petitions and decrees.

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018
A new online divorce application process has been launched by the Ministry of Justice in the last few days.
Friday, 11 May, 2018
International Parents

In the case of London Borough of Tower Hamlets v D, E and F [2014] EWHC 3901 (Fam), the court observed that:

Wednesday, 04 April, 2018
Judge Gavel

A Prohibited Steps Order is issued by the court in family cases to prevents either parent from carrying out certain acts or making decisions in relation to their children without the express permission of the court.

Made under section 8 of the Children Act 1989, a Prohibited Steps Order is often used in cases where one parent fears the other is planning to take their child out of the country without their permission and not return them.

Thursday, 15 March, 2018
Civil Partnership

In August 2017, heterosexual couple, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan entered the Supreme Court to fight for the right to enter a civil partnership.

At present, only same-sex couples can enter into the union.

Supported by the best family lawyers and barristers in London, the couple argued that by refusing to allow same-sex couples to enter into a Civil partnership, the British government was breaching equality law.

Monday, 12 March, 2018
Chancery Lane

OTS Solicitors is delighted to announce that due to rapid growth and expansion, the firm has now expanded into additional offices.  The firm is adding 160 sq meters of office space at a new Chancery Lane branch in addition to its current 80 sq meters in the existing Fleet Street office, providing a total of 240sq meters with room for further expansion.  From 12th March 2018, the team at OTS Solicitors will see all clients at their new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Friday, 09 March, 2018

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that we can let you know that due to our rapid growth and expansion we have now taken further offices in Chancery Lane.  Please note that from the 12th of March 2018 we will see all of our clients at our new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Your loyal business and support is one of the main reasons why we have grown so rapidly over the years. We look forward to seeing you at our new address.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning the new location or our services.

Thursday, 08 March, 2018

In today’s fast-moving, digital environment, all of us are accustomed to getting our needs granted quickly and cheaply.  We shop online at Amazon for knockdown prices, have dinner delivered in 30 minutes using Deliveroo and, if we want to meet someone special, we can rapidly swipe through online profiles to find the perfect match.

Monday, 05 March, 2018
Cohabitees organising paper work

A cohabitation agreement may not sound like a recipe for romance.  However, it is a widely held belief that a couple who live together, have children and own their home together, have the same legal protections as a married couple; this is not the case.  Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘common law spouse’ under English law. 

Monday, 05 March, 2018
Man looking out of window

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.  You can also contact the ManKind Initiative on 01823 334244. 

Last week it was reported that former Dynasty and Melrose Place star, Heather Locklear, had been arrested in California for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend and three police officers.

According to reports, Ms Locklear’s boyfriend sustained a “visible traumatic injury”.

Thursday, 01 March, 2018

Last month, a High Court judge ruled that doctors could cease life-support treatment for a severely brain-damaged 11-month-old baby, despite his parent’s wishes that treatment should be continued.

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018
Scales of Justice

Child abduction cases are among the most distressing types of family law matters the best solicitors in London have to deal with.  In Re C (children: anticipatory retention) the Supreme Court recently ruled on proceedings concerning a father's application, under The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, for the return of his children to Australia.   In arriving at its decision, the Supreme Court held that repudiatory retention in the context of c

Friday, 16 February, 2018

A law firm in London has recently revealed it has dealt with three divorce cases where parties are demanding, for the first time, the disclosure of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ripple, and Ethereum.  A fourth case is said to be imminent and, as cryptocurrencies become more mainstream, they are likely to play a major part in financial settlements in the near future, according to London’s best Family Solicito

Thursday, 15 February, 2018

Years of experience as a family lawyer in London has taught me many things; mainly, divorce is difficult and painful enough without any unexpected or additional problems being thrown into the pot.  If you are in the process of filing for divorce or are seriously thinking of doing so, I have come up with a list of the four most common, ‘unexpected’ problems individuals ask me to advise them on.  I am sharing them with

Friday, 09 February, 2018
Piggy Bank

For many married couples, their pensions may be their biggest capital asset, second only to the family home.  If your marriage breaks down, it is crucial to understand how a pension will be valued, treated, and divided when it comes to working out a financial settlement.  A London family law solicitor can provide the best advice and representation when it comes to working out how your pension will be shared in a divorce

Friday, 09 February, 2018
Man and woman holding hands

For couples who have decided to move in together, the excitement is palpable.  It is a huge step forward in any relationship and no one ever expects to break up after making such a big commitment.  Therefore, why would you need a Cohabitation Agreement?

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018
Pregnant woman

For many LGBT couples, surrogacy allows for the prospect of having a child of one’s own.  Unfortunately, in certain jurisdictions, the law has not progressed fast enough to keep up with the changing nature of families and the increasing reliance on surrogacy as a method of becoming a parent.

Thursday, 25 January, 2018
High Net Worth Divorce - Gavel and Money

By Jordana Adams of OTS Solicitors.

Earlier this week, you may have seen the documentary on BBC2, Millionaire’s Ex-Wives Club. The programme highlighted how acrimonious and bitter divorce can be when there are millions (or billions) of pounds at stake.

Monday, 22 January, 2018
Domestic Violence

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999. You can also call the National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline on freephone 0808 2000 247.

Monday, 15 January, 2018

Co-parenting post separation is undoubtedly difficult and challenging, with dynamics changing and emotions highly charged and strained.  With the added complexities of separating childcare arrangements and physically sharing children with someone who may make you feel angry, hurt or distrustful, the circumstances can be incredibly hard to handle.  When one parent’s behaviour becomes so extreme and negative that it und

Thursday, 11 January, 2018

Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408

Short marriages that end in divorce can result in many questions involving the financial settlement.  If a couple has only been married a short period of time (five years or less), should there be an expectation that the presumption of equal division of assets and property applies?  In the Court of Appeal case of Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408, it was ruled that marital assets should not be evenly split in such a scenario.

Tuesday, 09 January, 2018
Split family

When a couple decide to end their marriage, the two most pressing questions are:

  1. How will we divide our finances; and
  2. What will happen to the children?

Thankfully, the family law system in the UK is designed to support couples make arrangements for their children following the breakdown of a marriage.  However, disputes can arise, sometimes years after the decree absolute has been granted.

Wednesday, 03 January, 2018

If you want to move countries with your children after a divorce, it is not as simple as just jumping on a plane and waving goodbye to your old life.  Regardless of your reasons for wanting to relocate with your children after a divorce, your ex-spouse may be able to prevent you from moving.

Friday, 29 December, 2017
Ring about divorce entry in dictionary

The festive period is normally a time for happiness and celebration when families come together. However, the stress and strain of Christmas can cause marriages which are already hanging by a thread to snap completely. For international families, the pressure of Christmas can be even more intense, especially for those trying to juggle family commitments in different countries.

Friday, 22 December, 2017
Pregnant woman in the UK

For many couples who are unable to conceive naturally, or who have been unsuccessful with (or do not qualify for) IVF, surrogacy is an option worth considering.  For those in the LGBT community, surrogacy offers an alternative method for creating a family.

There is an enormous amount of confusion around surrogacy in the UK.  Therefore, it is imperative to seek the help of an experienced family solicitor to obtain the best legal advice.

Thursday, 07 December, 2017
Immigration Law

R (on the application of AT) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999. You can also call the National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline on freephone 0808 2000 247.

Monday, 27 November, 2017
Two rings in front of a gavel.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.  You can also call the National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline on freephone 0808 2000 247.

Thursday, 09 November, 2017
Cartoon drawing of family splitting

Kaydance Page Etchells is just two years old, but she has sparked an international manhunt and global media interest.

In May 2016, Kaydance was illegally taken out of Canada by her mother, Lauren Ann Etchells, who holds dual UK/Canadian citizenship.  The toddler was reported missing by her mother Tasha Brown, Etchells' estranged wife.

Last month, on Kaydance’s second birthday, Ms Brown spoke emotionally at a news conference, begging for information about her daughter’s whereabouts.

"Every day I wonder where you are and I wonder if you're all right," said Brown.

Thursday, 26 October, 2017
Family adoption law

Angelina Jolie, Meg Ryan, Madonna – celebrities make adopting a child from an overseas country look easy.  However, they, like everyone else considering an inter-country adoption, would have endured the long and strictly defined suitability process required to adopt a child from an overseas territory.

Monday, 16 October, 2017
OTS Solicitors Ranked In The Legal 500

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500.

It is almost unprecedented that a firm established only two and half years ago has made it into this prestigious publication.

Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Picture of a couple and two children with a tear in the middle of the image.

By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

The decision to divorce is hard for anyone.  However, if one party to the marriage resides in the UK on a Spouse or Civil Partnership Visa, the demise of a relationship can also mean having to leave the country permanently.

Monday, 02 October, 2017
family law gavel and pre nuptial agreement files

Starting a new relationship can be an exciting time and you probably don’t want to think about what might happen if things go wrong in the future. You do however want to be practical and plan for all eventualities, to reduce potential future uncertainties and distress should your relationship break down.

Friday, 15 September, 2017
Legalities surrounding buying property as a unmarried couple

It is now common for people to buy property together outside of marriage. Often, to help fund a purchase, one or both parties to the relationship will receive financial support from their parents. If a married couple splits up, the separation of their assets and finances would be dealt with by divorce proceedings.

Thursday, 14 September, 2017
Unmarried couple seeking legal advice

The trend in the UK as regards what makes up a family has continued to evolve over the years. Thankfully, there are laws that cover different segments of the society. We are glad to help you through any challenge that you may face based on our unique expertise. Here are some basic facts that you must know as regards cohabitation and being part of an unmarried family.

Wednesday, 13 September, 2017
Family Split via Financial Disputes on divorce

Getting the right result for you and your family when it comes to divorce claims and settlements can be a very unique experience. For most couples, the financial consequences of getting divorced are their primary concern when all the proceedings are sorted out. OTS Solicitors will guide you through the process. We can advise you about the best way to reach a financial settlement that is ideal for you and your family. Your questions may include:

Tuesday, 12 September, 2017

The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which came into force in December 2005, allowed same sex couples in the UK to register their relationship for the first time and have it legally recognised.

This gave couples who registered as civil partners a package of rights and responsibilities including the ability to apply for parental responsibility of their civil partner’s child and the full range of financial orders available to a married couple.

Monday, 11 September, 2017
Wedding rings and wooden gavel, divorce law

In the UK, judicial separation is beyond two spouses living apart. Should you seek a divorce or separate; you must know what it entails. A lot of people in the UK talk about legal separation without knowing the precise definition of what they want.

Friday, 08 September, 2017

An injunction is an equitable remedy in the form of a court order that compels a party to do or refrain from specific acts. A party that fails to comply with an injunction faces criminal or civil penalties, including possible monetary sanctions and even imprisonment. They can also be charged with contempt of court. Counter injunctions are injunctions that stop or reverse the enforcement of another injunction.

Thursday, 07 September, 2017
family mediation
Thursday, 07 September, 2017