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″

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



‘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”

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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