As a London divorce solicitors, OTS family law team speaks to many people who are thinking about separating from a partner, husband or wife. The decision on whether or not to separate is never easy. People think it is if you do not have children, but in my experience, whatever your family circumstances, the decision to leave is not an easy one to make.
By Jordana Adams, divorce and family finance solicitor
By Jordana Adams, divorce and financial settlement solicitor
When you know that a mistake has been made you just want to wind back the clock and cancel the error so it as if the mistake never happened. It can be like that with some marriages. However, most people assume that their only option is divorce proceedings.
By Jordana Adams, divorce and family finance solicitor
Have you had a letter or a call from a mediation service asking you to go to a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting? Alternatively, are you going to mediation sessions hoping to reach an agreement with your ex-spouse over who gets the family home?
As London children solicitors, parents often ask us about parental alienation. Some parents do not know about the concept of parental alienation. However, they are able to describe the problem. Other parents have done plenty of online research and diagnosed parental alienation. Top London children solicitors think that self-diagnosis of parental alienation is as dangerous as not recognising parental alienation.
Defining parental alienation
After a very hectic couple of days at the London Business Show 2018 we are now back at the offices of OTS Solicitors looking back on a very busy few days. We never realised that talking business could be such fun but with OTS Solicitors attending, exhibiting and speaking at the UK’s biggest business show with its 25,000 visitors we all thoroughly enjoyed the event. We will be booking our tickets and stand for the London Business Show 2019.
OTS Solicitors are delighted and very proud to announce that Hans Sok Appadu has qualified as a solicitor after 4 years of working at OTS Solicitors in London, initially as a paralegal and latterly as a trainee solicitor.
For most would be parents the laws on adoption are a minefield of confusing rules and regulations. Adoptive parents can feel overwhelmed by the emotional drain of the adoption process. The proceedings can feel even more challenging when parents are also having to get to grips with issues surrounding foreign or intercountry adoption and the Immigration and nationality status of their adopted child.
The legal process involved in splitting up can take some people by surprise, and it often takes advice from divorce solicitors in London to bring home what’s involved.
Obtaining your UK visa to come and live, study or work in the UK, with or without the input of a Legal 500 Immigration solicitor, is a real achievement – but what happens if your situation changes?
OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that Teni Shahiean, co-founder and recommended Legal 500 lawyer, will be taking part in a panel discussion on equality in the legal industry at the Royal courts of Justice. The event will feature a number of inspirational women lawyers and OTS are proud to be involved.
The Hague Convention deals with the return of children removed from their home country without permission – and as good family solicitors will be only too aware, Hague Convention cases are often complex. The best family solicitors will be sensitive to the fact that the subject of child abduction is emotive in itself.
The question “How to choose a divorce lawyer?” is one that is sadly asked every day, in London and across the UK.
Following divorce, it is not uncommon for a parent to wish to move to a new geographic location with the child or children of the relationship. As good family solicitors will understand, the already complex provisions relating to relocation become even more so where there is an international element to the original relationship and the parent seeking to move intends to relocate abroad.
The Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of Mills v Mills marks the end of a saga that has been closely watched by top London divorce lawyers. The case has clear implications for a spouse who is in receipt of periodical payments following divorce and who then mismanages their finances over a period of time.
As a high net worth divorces go, the settlement last year between Ryan Giggs and his partner Stacey Cooke was not so unusual – other than for the fact that in respect of the financial settlement on divorce, Giggs argued that he was a stellar performer – that he made a special contribution to the finances of the marriage and was entitled to more than 50% of the marital assets.
If your permission to stay in the UK is based on your relationship with someone else – a British citizen or someone who has permission to be in the UK because of the visa that they hold, if that relationship comes to an end, you may no longer have permission to be in the UK.
Following divorce, it is not unusual for one member of the divorced couple to move away. When children are involved, and the relocation will take children away from their other parent, emotions can run high. It’s a situation most good family solicitors will experience relatively frequently – but not always when there is an international dimension.
divorce is an incredibly stressful process for everyone involved, particularly if you have children. All good family solicitors recognise this. If your wider family live abroad, it may be important for you to visit them so that your children can meet relatives and experience first-hand the culture and traditions that are important to you.
Half term is nearly here – and then the long, summer school holidays. If you are separated from your children’s other parent, negotiating contact can be stressful and upsetting. Without the routine of school and regular weekly activities, trying to satisfy both parents’ competing wishes for time with their children can be fraught with difficulty. Equally, it can be difficult if one parent is less willing to step up to their parenting responsibilities, but the other has work or other commitments to take into account.