Latest News about Divorce and Family Law

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. 

Monday, 29 October, 2018

As top London family solicitors we often receive phone calls asking ‘will I get interim maintenance’. It is rare for the family law and divorce team at OTS Solicitors to be able to give an immediate straight yes or no answer.

Friday, 26 October, 2018

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.

Friday, 05 October, 2018

Alternative dispute resolution comes in a number of forms, endorsed by Resolution, the campaign group that promotes good practice in family law and which is supported by many of the best family solicitors. But what is alternative dispute resolution?

Wednesday, 03 October, 2018

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?

Monday, 01 October, 2018

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. 

Monday, 01 October, 2018

One of the aspects of divorce that London top divorce lawyers are only too familiar with is the ongoing need to comply with the various orders of the court.

Thursday, 27 September, 2018

Many family law cases involving children, where, and with whom they should live are troubling, but even the most experienced and best family solicitors in London have been taken aback by the extreme set of facts around the child abduction case of Ford v Halil.

Thursday, 27 September, 2018

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.

Monday, 24 September, 2018

Not all divorce is equal – as any high net worth divorce lawyer will tell you, particularly if you are dealing with an international divorce. With different rules applying in different jurisdictions, some couples will disagree over where they should end their marriage.

Thursday, 20 September, 2018

While British Citizenship lawyers are often approached to discuss applications for naturalisation as a British citizen by adults, the British Citizenship of under 18s is also a key issue.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

The question “How to choose a divorce lawyer?” is one that is sadly asked every day, in London and across the UK.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

Choosing an immigration lawyer is one of the most important decisions you may have to make, and simply googling ‘immigration lawyer near me’ is not enough to ensure you instruct the best immigration lawyers for your situation.

Thursday, 06 September, 2018

divorce is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life – but combine divorce with concerns over immigration status, and whether you talk to divorce lawyers in London or a UK

Thursday, 06 September, 2018

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.

Friday, 24 August, 2018

Travelling abroad with children after divorce poses a whole range of legal issues for a parent – and as the best family lawyers are only too aware, getting it wrong can lead to serious legal consequences, including allegations of child abduction or even child trafficking.

Thursday, 16 August, 2018

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.

Friday, 03 August, 2018

The very public divorce proceedings of Owens v Owens, the litigation between Tini Owens and Huw Owens focussed on his unreasonable behaviour, have come to a conclusion.

Thursday, 02 August, 2018

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.

Monday, 23 July, 2018

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.

Friday, 06 July, 2018
If a non-EEA citizen has a right of residence in the UK through marriage to an EEA citizen, what happens to that right to reside if the couple divorces?
Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

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.

Monday, 04 June, 2018

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.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

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.

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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