Latest News about Divorce and Family Law

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
Couple speaking via video message

In February 2017, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of MM (Lebanon) & Others v the Secretary for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 10. 

This case, running for many years, challenged the Minimum Income Requirement, introduced in 2012 by then Home Secretary, and now British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The Supreme Court upheld the Minimum Income Requirement, stating it was lawful “in principle”. However, the seven judges stated that:

Monday, 24 July, 2017