COVID-19 Update

Dear all,

Please note the following upcoming changes in our services at Otten Penna:

  • The office will reopen on 1st July but the number of clients in the office at one time will be limited to adhere to social distancing for the safety of clients and staff
  • The Wednesday drop-in clinic will be by pre-arranged fixed appointment only- please phone 0161 945 1431 to make an appointment
  • The Thursday drop-in clinic at The Forum is not being held until further notice
  • All clients must wear a face covering while in the office, and attend on their own
  • Otten Penna staff are still also offering advice over the telephone

Please contact the office by phone on 0161 945 1431, or by email at Northenden@ottenpenna.co.uk, and our staff will ensure your query is dealt with.

Kind regards,

Otten Penna

COVID-19 Update

Dear all,

Please note that Otten Penna is still working, however, some of our staff are working remotely. We continue to offer advice, assistance, and support for our clients and the community in these difficult times.

At the moment, clients cannot come into the office due to Government restrictions but advice can be given by telephone/email and any paperwork can be posted to us or scanned and emailed.

Please contact the office by phone on 0161 945 1431, or by email at Northenden@ottenpenna.co.uk, and our staff will ensure your query is dealt with.

Kind regards,

Otten Penna

Good Divorce Week 2016


Next week, 28 November – 2 December 2016 is ‘Good Divorce Week’, a national awareness campaign spearheaded by Resolution.  But when can a divorce ever be described as ‘good’?

The main thrust behind the week’s events is the Resolution campaign for ‘no fault divorce’. At present, unless couples have been living apart for 2 years, one of the them needs to apportion some form of blame (adultery, unreasonable behaviour…) in order to proceed. With this blame often comes conflict and this makes reaching mutually acceptable agreement much more difficult.

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We’re proud to follow the Code

Resolution recently updated their Code of Practice and, as members, Otten Penna are proud to belong to the community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way.

The benefit of our membership to our clients is in the approach we take. We will always seek to reduce or manage any conflict and confrontation, support and encourage families to put the best interests of any children first and act with honesty, integrity and objectivity.

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Otten Penna – Proud to fly the flag in Wythenshawe!

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It’s not just Manchester who get to boast a Pride event this year, now the local LGBT community in Wythenshawe can enjoy an event of their own, even closer to home.

The first Wythenshawe Pride takes place on 20th August 2016, organised by Chris Oatway, it’s the brainchild of The Proud Trust’s youth group, the only LGBT group in the area. And we’re pleased to announce that Otten Penna will be supporting the cause and the community of Wythenshawe.

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Mediation: A chance to look behind the scenes

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We are intrigued to see a behind the scenes documentary coming to our screens tonight on BBC2’s ‘Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator’ The programme follows the journey of 9 couples who have chosen mediation as a way of agreeing an out of court settlement. According to Government stats, a journey 16,000 couples take every year in the UK.

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Supporting Manchester Mind for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

Fay Acklam, Solicitor, Mental Health takes on Manchester Run and Lake Windermere swim

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week (16th-22nd May 2016), a cause very close to our hearts at Otten Penna. We were over the moon to see Kate, William and Harry raising awareness of the new Heads Together’ campaign on the news this week, and this year, more than before, we can really feel a groundswell of support and people talking more and more openly about mental health.

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NEW Divorce Fees from 21st March 2016

_84425231_rings_paFor any of our clients in the process of, or thinking of initiating divorce proceedings or bringing a civil partnership to an end, we have some important news to pass on. At the start of this week (21st March), the Ministry of Justice raised the court fees to £550 (from £410). Continue reading “NEW Divorce Fees from 21st March 2016″

Online divorce in last 20 months? Check your financial settlement.

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Example of Form E

The Ministry of Justice has launched an investigation into an error found on an online divorce form used to calculate financial settlements. The error could mean that couples that chose to take the ‘DIY divorce’ route since April 2014, could have been open to potential miscalculations in their final financial settlements.

 

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End the fear: Otten Penna join forces with the Domestic Violence Centre to help local victims

 

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‘Domestic violence’ or ‘domestic abuse’ is a pattern of behaviour that involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. It can happen in any sort of relationship, including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships, and also within extended families. It moves across religion, class and every walk of life. It is reported that: Continue reading “End the fear: Otten Penna join forces with the Domestic Violence Centre to help local victims”