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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 New Year often comes a new start. As the old year comes to a close it causes us to reflect upon the year that has passed and what we want to achieve in the future. The festive period can also shine a spotlight on the difficulties within a marriage. Recent statistics provided by the Ministry of Justice show that 455 applications for divorce were submitted online between the 24 December…

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…

Child maintenance survey at odds with government proposals

The Government plan to reduce it's involvement in child maintenance arrangements, and instead expects parents to negotiate their own arrangements, or pay a fee to use the services of the Child Support Agency. Whilst of itself this may well prove to be a triumph of optimism over reality, a survey of British Social Attitudes conducted by NatCen Research shows that the majority of those surveyed feel that the law should s…

MOJ Launch New Mediation Video

The Ministry of Justice has launched a new video explaining about mediation, and how it can help resolve disputes relating to children or financial matters on divorce or separation. Coupled with good legal advice, mediation can prove to be a cost effective and a cheaper alternative than  going to court, and is one of a menu of dispute resolution tools. We can advise you throughout the mediation process. We can refe…

Supreme Court allows the Court to pierce the corporate veil - Or does it?

The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed the appeal of Yasmin Prest by declaring that property owned by the husbands company are held on resulting trust, and that the husband must transfer properties held by the companies which he owns and controls as part of a £17.5m divorce settlement. The decision is of significant importance to both family and commercial lawyers, as it stems from the differing approaches taken by family a…