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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
OTS Solicitors office can refer you to expert family law mediators across london. We know that the needs of our clients differ and this is why we have a robust team that can serve you in a unique way and if required to refer you for mediation. When you do not want to go to court and you want to resolve your family dispute; we have a dynamic team that can assist you. Family mediation is the ideal channel that frees you from using solicitors or going to court.
In February 2017, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of MM (Lebanon) & Others v the Secretary for the Home Department  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: