Latest News about Divorce and Family Law


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.

Friday, 12 July, 2019

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.

Friday, 12 July, 2019

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. 

Wednesday, 10 July, 2019

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.

Monday, 08 July, 2019
By Angelique Holm

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).

Thursday, 27 June, 2019

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.

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

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. 

Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

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.

Top London children solicitors have always found it hard to justify children law when it comes to child relocation.
That is because if a parent wants to take a child abroad to live then they need the written agreement of the other parent or a court order giving them permission to take the child abroad to live.
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

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?

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

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. 

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

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.

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

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.

Thursday, 06 June, 2019

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.

Monday, 13 May, 2019
Child abduction

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.

Tuesday, 30 April, 2019

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Tuesday, 30 April, 2019
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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.


Tuesday, 30 April, 2019

Not only politicians and business owners are preparing for Brexit.

Monday, 11 March, 2019

By Angelique Holm, divorce and family law solicitor at OTS Solicitors 

Thursday, 10 January, 2019

Most couples do not think twice about where they should start their divorce proceedings. Instead, they automatically rely on their local solicitor to start divorce proceedings in a convenient court to the solicitor’s office.

Thursday, 10 January, 2019


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.

Online child support calculator
Tuesday, 08 January, 2019

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. 

Monday, 07 January, 2019

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.

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

By Jordana Adams, divorce and family finance solicitor 

Friday, 28 December, 2018

Going through a separation or divorce can be a traumatic experience. However, the stress can be made worse if you are also worried about whether you can stay in the UK after your divorce.

Friday, 28 December, 2018

As divorce solicitors for many of our London and UK clients paying high interest mortgages, we are asked the question ‘do I have to pay child maintenance and the mortgage on the family home?’. There is no straight answer. It all depends on your financial and personal circumstances. That is why, if you separate from a partner, you need to get legal advice from the divorce solicitors that will provide the best outcome both for their London clients and throughout the UK.

Thursday, 27 December, 2018

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.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

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? 

Friday, 21 December, 2018

As a London divorce solicitor, I am asked questions about divorce financial disclosure.     Some separating couples do not see the need for any financial disclosure. Other separating couples want financial paperwork going back to the early years of their relationship. 

Thursday, 20 December, 2018

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

Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

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.

Thursday, 29 November, 2018

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.  

Friday, 23 November, 2018

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