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What to do when you separate: 5 top tips

Separating from a partner can be an overwhelming and traumatic life event, particularly where there are children involved. Knowing what to do and where to turn can seem confusing. Having a simple plan of action can help you feel more in control. Here are our top 5 tips for helping you get on the right track. 1. Keep communicating. If it is safe to do so, maintaining open communication with your ex-partner…

Oerton Simm Celebrate 10 Years in Practice

It seems like it was only yesterday that we were wrangling with the council over window signage and querying why our phone provider had inexplicably removed thousands of pounds from our office account for a system that they had not actually installed. They also kindly, without warning, decided to change our allocated phone number within days of us having ordered around 10,000 printed letterheads! Letterheads? Well, that does tell you how…

Do I really need a divorce solicitor?

Since May 2018 members of the public have been able to submit their own divorce petitions online. Since April 2022 the new 'no-fault' divorce law has meant a radical new approach to divorce and for the first time there is no need to assign blame. In fact, divorcing couples can now even submit a joint divorce petition online. So, if it is possible for people to handle their own divorces and even…

Who are you dealing with?

The SRA has launched a new digital badge for Solicitors. The new badge, which can only be displayed by regulated firms, will show online visitors to our website that we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. It will provide any visitor to our site with a link to information about the protections this provides to them as a consumer of legal services. In a legal market place where increasing…

10 Practical Tips for Those Considering Divorce

With the introduction of new divorce law on 6th April 2022 (Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act 2020), which simplifies the basis upon which marriage can be brought to an end, it is now easier to end the marriage. If you are considering divorce, what do you need to consider in order bring about that separation in a respectful and civilised way. Below are some of our tips; Consider whether the marriage really…

Victoria qualifies in collaborative practice

As part of Oerton Simm' ongoing commitment to helping couples find better and more family focused ways of separating, Partner, Victoria, has recently completed her collaborative training through Resolution. Collaborative practice is one of the options available to divorcing or separating couples as a means of helping them to resolve the legal, practical, financial and parenting issues which arise when the relationship has broken down. Unlike the more traditional approach…

House of Commons Justice Committee recommendations on Divorce Fee rejected

The Government has rejected the recommendations of the House of Commons Justice Committee to rescind the fee increase for the issuing of a Divorce Petition. The fee increased to £550 on 21st March 2016. The Governmant stated that the fee for divorce is reasonable when considered against the objectives, generating an estimated £12 miilion per annum in additional fee income as a contribution to the savings required to make sure the courts and tr…

You have to be honest!!!

I am not entirely sure why this hit the news, but an agreement reached between a business tycoon and his estranged wife was set aside by Sir Paul Coleridge in the High Court this week when it transpired that the husband had lied to his wife about the success of investments which he held. Without the wife taking legal advice, she had entered into an agreement with her husband as t…

Increase in Private Law Children Applications to Court

Cafcass (The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) have reported an increase in private law applications relating to children during June of some 29% compared to the same period last year.  The number of applications for May 2013 represented the highest number of applications ever recorded for an individual month. On 1st April 2013 the availability of legal aid was, for most cases, stopped. The Government hoped that mediation was the an…

Increase in Court Fees

As from the 1st July 2013 the Fees charged by the Courts for the issuing and handling of applications in both the Civil and Family Courts has increased. In the case of divorce petitions there are transitional arrangements in relation to divorce petitions issued before 1st July but that have not reached the stage of Decree Absloute. The fee of £45 remains payable to convert the Decree Nisi to Decree Absolute. For a…