Latest News about Family Mediation and Dispute Resolution

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Wednesday, 22 April, 2020


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

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

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
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

When family members argue over who should have custody of a child after the loss of one parent it is often assumed by the surviving parent and the extended family that the court will favour the child living with his or her remaining parent rather than going to live with an extended family member, family friend or stepparent.

Tuesday, 18 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

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

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Tuesday, 30 April, 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

After a couple split up one parent can be left feeling that they have no rights or responsibilities for their child. The other parent can be left feeling that they are shouldering all the responsibility for the child whilst the other parent enjoys contact time with the child.

The law sets out who has parental responsibility for a child. Even if a parent does not have parental responsibility for their child, they will:

Thursday, 27 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

If a settlement order relating to property has been made under the Children Act 1989, what are the circumstances in which it can be varied – if at all? This was a question of interest to all good family lawyers, dealt with by the Family Court recently in a complex case involving not only property issues but the question of where the child in question should live – with his mother in England or with his father in Canada.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

The best Family Solicitors understand that for many, the road to parenthood can be difficult and traumatic. While inter-country surrogacy is a route followed by a relatively small group of people, the complexities can be huge.

Friday, 17 August, 2018

London Family Solicitors have recently welcomed the decision that civil partnership is incompatible with UK human rights law because it excludes heterosexual couples. The Supreme Court recently delivered its judgment in the claim of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan.

Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Following divorce, it is not unusual for one member of the divorced couple to move away. When children are involved, and the relocation will take children away from their other parent, emotions can run high. It’s a situation most good Family Solicitors will experience relatively frequently – but not always when there is an international dimension.

Monday, 04 June, 2018

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that we can let you know that due to our rapid growth and expansion we have now taken further offices in Chancery Lane.  Please note that from the 12th of March 2018 we will see all of our clients at our new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Your loyal business and support is one of the main reasons why we have grown so rapidly over the years. We look forward to seeing you at our new address.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning the new location or our services.

Thursday, 08 March, 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
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Thursday, 07 September, 2017