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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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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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″

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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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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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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