Latest News about Divorce and Family Law

spouse visa if you are separated

If you are in the UK on a spouse visa and you are thinking about separating from your husband or wife you need to know if you can stay in the UK on a spouse visa if you separate or divorce.

Monday, 15 February, 2021
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 Law Directory

To say that the partners at OTS Solicitors were delighted by their continued success and recognition in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 is an understatement. After all, the release of the 2021 Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession directory followed shortly after the firm’s success in the 2021 Legal 500 directory so it was a ‘good news month’.

Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
Success for OTS Solicitors in the Legal 500 2021 law directory

2020 has been a tough year for everyone but on the 30 September 2020 the lawyers at OTS Solicitors were delighted to receive some great news about rankings in the Legal 500 2021 law directory.

Thursday, 01 October, 2020

With Covid-19 domestic violence is in the news, for all the wrong reasons. Sadly, with the coronavirus lockdown there has been a real surge in incidents of domestic abuse.

Monday, 11 May, 2020

You often hear reports in the press about separated or divorced parents where one parent wants to take their child abroad to live after their divorce and the other parent objects. As immigration solicitors we also advise our international clients where, after a separation or divorce, a parent wants to settle in the UK with their child.

Monday, 27 April, 2020

As immigration and divorce solicitors we are always saddened when we are told that a husband, wife or civil partner has stayed in an unhappy marriage or civil partnership for years, thinking that they had no choice if they wanted to stay in the UK. There are choices and in this blog we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about immigration and divorce in the UK.    

Immigration and divorce solicitors 

Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

OTS Solicitors are the winners of the SME News award for ‘London Immigration and Family Law Firm of the year 2020’. Teni Shahiean, CEO of OTS Solicitors says "We recognised that there was a gap in the market for a niche immigration law practice with a specialist family law services offering for our global client base. We are delighted that SME News award recognises our joined-up approach to immigration and family law and our excellent client service".

Monday, 20 April, 2020

If you are in the UK on a spouse visa and you are splitting up from your husband, wife, civil partner or partner because of their domestic violence you may think that not only are you losing your partner but also your new friends, job and your adopted country. That is because if you separate from your spouse or partner you won't be eligible to remain in the UK on your current spouse visa.

Wednesday, 26 February, 2020

When you are trying to find information on how to reunite your family there seems to be a lot of information on the internet about how best to apply for a UK spouse visa,  but not all that much information about civil partnership UK visas. In this blog we focus on the civil partnership UK visa and answer your questions on eligibility to apply for a civil partnership visa.


Civil partnership visa solicitors 

Friday, 06 December, 2019

It is a difficult enough decision to end a relationship but if your ability to stay in the UK rests on your relationship and your spouse visa it can be tempting to stay with your partner, even if you have been the victim of domestic violence. If you are in that position it is crucial that you understand your family and immigration law options so that you can make the best choices for you and your family.


Spouse visa solicitors

Wednesday, 27 November, 2019

It is bad enough to go through the trauma of a separation or a divorce without also experiencing worry about the effect of your divorce on your spouse visa. It is not surprising that many partners stay in unhappy marriages because they do not know what to do for the best. If you are in that situation then immigration solicitors urge you to take legal advice about your spouse visa. That way, you can make informed decisions about the future of your marriage based on what is best for you and your family.


Spouse visa solicitors 

Thursday, 07 November, 2019

Many divorcing or divorced couples will have read all about the case of the ex-wife who lost her court fight with her rock star ex-husband over whether she could raise five million by selling her shares in a company set up to receive The Clash royalties. 

Monday, 16 September, 2019

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.

Monday, 16 September, 2019


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).

In this case, the Father had been stopped by the Mother from seeing his children for over a year. At the start, the court only considered indirect contact by way of letters and cards as the Mother was not agreeable to direct contact or even telephone contact. 
Thursday, 12 September, 2019

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.

Thursday, 12 September, 2019

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.

Friday, 06 September, 2019

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.

Thursday, 05 September, 2019


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.

Thursday, 29 August, 2019

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? 

Thursday, 29 August, 2019

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. 

Thursday, 22 August, 2019

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. 

Thursday, 22 August, 2019


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