family

Divorce definition text with gold wedding ring concept
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 ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
17th February 2016

I am often asked by my clients whether or not they can still divorce their spouse if he/she is refusing to “sign the papers”. It is not uncommon when a relationship breaks down for one party to feel that the other will cause ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
8th February 2016

There is often a great deal of media hype in the New Year about family lawyers being inundated with new divorce enquiries, grappling to keep up with the post-Christmas surge of people wanting a new start; the so-called “Black Monday”. ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
18th January 2016

A Divorce is never going to be a pleasant experience. It can be significantly less unpleasant if the parties are sensible and approach issues constructively, but if one of the parties dies then that invariably adds yet another layer of ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
6th January 2016

Christmas can be a really tough time for families. It is no surprise that family lawyers note an increase in break ups and other family problems in January. However, a problem does not mean there has to be a fight – fighting makes ...