Countdown to your happy Christmas

Countdown to Christmas. A guide for separated parents.OK, so we know you are not ready to think about Christmas just yet. It seems to get earlier each year. It’s only just November but already the shops have started to play Mistletoe & Wine and tempt us with tinsel and toys.

If you’re family situation has recently changed, or you’re facing another difficult Christmas trying to make arrangements with an ex about the children, there is no time like the present to embrace Christmas and get your arrangements sorted in good time for the big day.

Here’s the Otten Penna guide to the Christmas countdown:

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Otten Penna meet the Mark

SQMWe’re pleased to announce that we passed our Specialist Quality Mark audit (SQM) this summer, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the provision of quality legal services. This achievement reinforces Otten Penna’s position as one of the leading solicitors in South Manchester.

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The case for a ‘clean break’ – Wyatt Vs Vince

Otten Penna Clean Break Divorce Wyatt V VinceIf you’ve been watching the news today, you’ll have noticed a high profile ‘delayed divorce’ case involving Kathleen Wyatt and Dale Vince. Ms Wyatt is said to be claiming up to £1.9m of her ex-husband’s fortune. What was unusual about today’s Supreme Court ruling, is that the pair have been divorced for over 13 years, with all of Mr Vince’s wealth accrued since their split.

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Family Law in the Soaps: Coronation Street Special

Otten Penna's Simon Saunders reviews the latest Coronation Street Family Law storylineSometimes soaps are good at reflecting what goes on in everyday life (no I don’t mean Bobby Beale murdering his sister!), it’s their duty to represent scenarios as accurately as possible. With Corrie running a couple of storylines that are all too familiar to family lawyers, Simon Saunders reveals what rights absent parents have and what happens when one parent stops the other from seeing a child.

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Pride in our community – LGBT Family Law

Northernden Solicitors Otten Penna - LGBT Family Law It was LGBT children, young people family day earlier this month, so I have put fingertips to keyboard again to take a look at how LGBT family law has changed over the last 20 years.

Firstly. Wow! It doesn’t seem like 20 years since we had the privilege to play an active part in a key 1994 case, that established the rights of lesbian couples in relation to joint residence orders for their children. But in some ways, feels like it could be 200 years ago.

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Indecent Proposal? Is a prenup a pre-requisite or a dirty word?

With the 2015 wedding season planning in full swing, and bridal fares planned across the UK…have you stopped to think about a prenup? Before you gasp at the anti-romantic notion, our expert Vicky Wright explores the world of prenups and the arguments for and against planning for a split before you even get hitched. Continue reading “Indecent Proposal? Is a prenup a pre-requisite or a dirty word?”

Sharing the magic of Christmas

With the festive season upon us, we are often subject to images of happy families converging under the tree to unwrap their pressies. But what happens when you have to share the children with your ex partner? How can you keep the magic alive for your loved ones and make Christmas as stress-free as possible? Vicky Wright, Family Law Solicitor and Resolution Specialist is here to give you some hints and tips on ways to have a family-friendly Christmas.

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The right time to trust: Lasting Power of Attorney

Writing a Will or planning for a time when you are no longer here is difficult for everyone involved, but what happens in the event you are still here but no longer able to make decisions for yourself? A simple legal document, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA, LPOA) is the answer, but with less than 1% of the UK population registered, here are some reasons to consider taking the next step to an LPA. Continue reading “The right time to trust: Lasting Power of Attorney”

Otten Penna Make the Small Screen

It wasn’t a run of the mill Monday today at Otten Penna as a famous face walked through our doors.

On set in Northenden, filming a new 3-part drama, The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Ray Winstone managed to turn Palatine Road into a gritty crime scene. Local businesses and homes had been forewarned about the filming and the presence of what may appear to be guns and robberies as part of the storyline.

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