family

22nd April 2020

Everybody is all too aware of the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown that is slowly defeating it – the news speaks of literally nothing else. What is less reported in the press is the very significant financial impact this is having ...

16th April 2020

The ”lockdown” and social distancing guidance published by the Government on 23 March 2020 was designed with one key aim in mind: to save lives. Staying home helps the NHS, stops the spread of COVID-19 and keeps people safe. But what ...

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25th March 2020

The President of the Family Division has issued further guidance for the parents of children who are subject to child arrangements orders during the current Coronavirus pandemic. The key message is that ‘where Coronavirus restrictions ...

23rd March 2020

A civil partnership is a relationship between two people of the same sex or opposite sex – known as civil partners. Once registered, your civil partnership will mean that your relationship is legally recognised and will provide you ...

18th March 2020

We are delighted to welcome Emily Bower to our family department. Emily joins us as a Solicitor with more than 10 years’ experience. Tim Melville-Walker, Partner and Head of Family, stated “I am delighted that Emily has joined our ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th July 2018

By Tim Melville-Walker  – Head of Family Department The Supreme Court has just decided the case of Mr and Mrs Owens – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-44949856 and press reports are suggesting that ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
19th July 2018

The press are very much focusing upon the “meal ticket” headline but the case of Mills -v- Mills does show that a party paying maintenance (often the husband) is not expected to compensate for poor financial decisions by the recipient. ...

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9th May 2018

Online divorce is now available on the HM Courts and Tribunal Service website, which is a huge step forward. However, just making the application online does not change anything: ALWAYS get some advice first, even if you conduct the ...

25th April 2018

This case involves a 22 year old man was isolated from his family and friends and subject to frequent, horrendous physical and mental abuse. Fortunately the neighbours eventually called the authorities and the ambulance and A&E ...

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16th April 2018

In 2012 Kim Waggott was awarded £9.76 Million and £175,000 per year maintenance for life. However she applied to increase the amount, and her former husband challenged the original award. The result was the court not only refused to ...

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7th March 2018

On the whole, social media is a useful and effective tool for sharing information between friends, businesses and the world generally. For most, it is a very positive and welcome innovation, which has developed enormously over the past ...

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24th January 2018

A pension attachment Order is one of the tools available to a Judge dealing with a Divorce, civil partnership dissolution and some other family court proceedings. They were introduced in 1995 and essentially allowed a Court to order ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
7th December 2017

Until now, cases about the financial side of a divorce or civil partnership dissolution have been decided by District Judges with a variety of expertise, not always in matrimonial finances. This has led to frustration being expressed ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
30th November 2017

This year the family lawyers organisation Resolution are trying to raise awareness of the issue of cohabitation and the absence of any laws to protect those who are cohabiting but not married or in a civil partnership. The simple and ...

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11th October 2017

Many couples going through a divorce have assets to divide between them, such as a family home, investments and pensions. However, often in our work matters are complicated by the fact that the parties own a business together. Very few ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
22nd May 2017

Splitting up is tough, but being forced to live in the same house with the person you have just split up with can make it all the worse. However, what do you do if they will not move out? The answer is not straightforward: the law in ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
31st October 2016

It seems to be acceptable to talk about stalking – it happens to celebrities after all. It is an extremely unpleasant and potentially dangerous experience for those who suffer it, and it is certainly not confined to celebrities. By ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
20th October 2016

Couples going through a separation often fear the worst; lengthy court proceedings that result in nothing but upset and extortionate legal costs. However, in reality very few of our clients go down this route. Most cases we deal with ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
9th May 2016

We are pleased to report that Tim Melville-Walker, the head of our family department, has become one of the first lawyers in the country to qualify as an arbitrator for children matters. Tim has been a family law arbitrator for some ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
20th April 2016

Finding the right family lawyer is a very important part of dealing with any family problem. By definition, separation, divorce, children and domestic abuse are very sensitive issues and it is vital that you feel comfortable with and ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
21st March 2016

The Family Department are pleased to welcome Kelly Stillman, an experienced legal secretary who has just joined our support team at Petersfield. This means our family team now consists of three specialist lawyers and three experienced ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th February 2016

It is not unusual for a couple entering into marriage to want to protect their money by drawing up a pre-nuptial agreement before the wedding; a pre-nuptial agreement specifies how they have agreed to divide the finances if they ...