Life and therefore divorce are complicated in the digital age. In the old days, it was harder to hide assets if you were getting divorced because there was normally a paper trail relating to the purchase of investments. Alternatively, there was reference in a spouse’s bank accounts to dividend income from which shared ownership could be traced.
We are proud to have recently achieved a successful outcome in a Child Arrangements Matter. While it looked frustratingly bleak at first, it turned out very favourably in the end for our client (Father).
As London divorce solicitors, we are often asked the question “what will I end up with after the divorce?”. That question normally prompts a discussion about how the court divides assets on divorce. It can be frustrating to many divorcing spouses to hear that the family court does not use a set formula to work out how to divide assets on divorce. Understandably, a husband or wife want a clear-cut answer of what a family court judge will order as their financial settlement so that they can then negotiate and agree a financial settlement with their spouse.
The best London divorce solicitors are often consulted about dowry claims and divorce proceedings as the practice of providing a dowry remains relatively common amongst international families who are based in London.
Most people assume that if you adopt a child from overseas that the child will automatically acquire the citizenship of his or her adoptive parents. The position is a lot more complicated than that. That is why those parents who chose to adopt a child from overseas are encouraged to take both expert immigration law legal advice from top London immigration solicitors as well as specialist adoption law advice from the best London children law solicitors.
There was a time when prenup agreements were the preserve of the ultra-wealthy and if a fiancée raised the topic of signing a prenuptial agreement, it caused offence, with thoughts that there was a lack of trust or faith in the long-term future of the relationship.
Parents do not often think of writing down a parenting plan when the family lives together. Somehow, the family muddles through, sorting out the parenting arrangements on an ad hoc basis and dealing with the occasional crises when they arise. However, the best London children solicitors will tell you that if parents decide to separate or divorce preparing a parenting plan can reduce a lot of stress and even avoid the need to start children court proceedings.
What is a parenting plan?
When a couple split up it is normal for finances to be stretched as a separation often means the family is trying to fund two households out of the same amount of income. When it comes to negotiating a financial settlement with a husband or wife often top London divorce solicitors find that the trickiest part is reaching agreement on whether spousal maintenance should be paid, and if so, how long for.
With the government announcement that it intends to introduce “no fault” divorce to end the “blame game” in divorce proceedings, many in the media assume that divorce proceedings will get a lot less stressful for the couples involved, and perhaps more importantly for their children. However, the best London divorce solicitors have tended to find that couples who are separating or divorcing find that starting divorce proceedings because of a partner’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour is not one of the most stressful aspects of a separation or divorce.
Each year, when the school summer holidays are nearly upon us, child custody solicitors see a rise in enquiries about whether an ex-partner can take a child to live in another country. The increase in queries about relocating abroad with a child after a separation or divorce at this time of year appears to be down to timing. Most parents who want to relocate overseas with their children after a separation or divorce want the child to finish their summer school term in the UK and to settle in a new country and school by the date of the new school year in September.
Many people think that marriage and immigration is complicated. After all, you have to jump through hoops to get a fiancée visa or spouse visa. However, top London immigration solicitors say that divorce and immigration is just as complex.
The answer to the question, “what is a specific issue order?” is that a specific issue order is an order made by a judge sitting in the family court in England and Wales. A specific issue order is made pursuant to section 8 of the Children Act 1989. The order determines an issue that is in dispute in connection with any aspect of parental responsibility for a child.
The school summer holidays are almost upon us. For London child custody solicitors that means many enquiries, often from anxious fathers, wanting to find a solution to sorting out summer holiday contact and getting to spend a bit of quality time with their children after a separation or divorce.
The day of judgment has come (or so you hope) and you have received a hearing date to attend a Children Family Court. The hearing has been listed as a ‘First Hearing and Dispute Resolution Appointment’ or FHDRA for short (pronounced fehe-drah).
Last week we had threats of floods and torrential rain in parts of the UK and so thoughts are turning to getting out of London and to taking the children to sunnier climes on their annual summer holiday. Now is the time to act fast if you are a separated parent and want to take your children abroad on holiday this summer. Here is a guide from child custody solicitors.
Campaigners are asking the government to change child custody law so that, in every case where a mother and father separate or divorce, there is a legal presumption that the mother and father will share the parenting of their children.
Experienced family law solicitors would say that it is unlikely that a parent was able to prevent the other parent from relocating within the UK with a child. Unless the circumstances were highly unusual.
When family relationships breakdown legal advice is often needed from top London family solicitors on whether one parent can return home or to a new country with the children. The second question then arises: how, if the one parent remains in the UK, can they maintain a meaningful relationship with their children?
As top London children solicitors we are often asked if the family court will listen to a child during children court proceedings, as parents are normally very anxious that the wishes of their son or daughter are listened to by the judge. Many parents assume that in every application for a child arrangements order (an order setting out who has custody and access to the child) that the judge will interview the children.
It is a sad fact that on the 16 June many children did not have contact with their fathers. For the majority of dads who do not live with their children on a daily basis the stigma of being classed as an "absent father" is hard to cope with on Father’s Day.
Top London divorce solicitors often discuss adultery with clients, as there are many common misunderstandings about what adultery means in the context of UK family law. There is also a lot of misinformation on the impact of adultery on custody and contact with children and financial settlements.
There have been conflicting news reports in the media that the queen has custody of baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. From the pictures in the media of Prince Harry, keeping a firm grip on a heavily swaddled baby Archie, with his wife Meghan’s guiding arm to the touching picture of the child’s paternal great grandparents and maternal grandmother gathering around the baby, the story all appears to be a bit of a nonsense.
Most people have read that family and children court cases heard in England are clouded in secrecy, with the courts keeping the names of the parents involved in Children Act court proceedings confidential. This is done in order to preserve the anonymity of the children caught up in court battles between parents. However, one mother has been named by the English family court, as part of a court ruling to try to get the mother to comply with court orders and return her children to the UK.
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It is the news that top London divorce solicitors have been waiting for: the introduction of no fault or no blame divorce proceedings in England and Wales.
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When you first split up from a partner one of the many things to sort out is child support. Top London divorce solicitors say parents find it hard to review and change the amount of child support. Why is that? I suspect it is because parents get used to paying or receiving a set amount in child support so do not want the hassle of discussing new child support payments with their ex.
As a London family solicitor, I have always thought it strange that the law did not allow a single applicant to apply for a parental order after a successful surrogacy arrangement.
However, some good news. Single parents who have had a child born through surrogacy are now able to apply for a parental order in the UK.
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