If you and your spouse are considering separating, you will no doubt be thinking about your future finances. This can cause a lot of anxiety particularly if you have been financially dependent on your partner over the course of your marriage and you may be concerned about how you will support yourself going forward.
Today is National Teachers’ Day, and never before has it been so important to acknowledge and appreciate everything that teachers do for our children and young people here in Scotland. Today on the blog we are providing some of our top tips for teachers to help deal with separated parents. [Read more…] about Tips for Teachers dealing with Separated Parents – National Teachers Day 2020
With Grandparent’s Day this Sunday, 4 October 2020, we thought it was the perfect time to discuss grandparent’s rights to contact with their grandchildren.
Over time families change and evolve. One example of this is when a parent forms a new relationship after separating from their child’s other parent. This results in different types of family structures which are referred to as blended families.
With many parents and children living in blended families, a question that will often arise is whether legal steps should be taken by a step parent to adopt the child of their partner/spouse or civil partner. [Read more…] about Step Parent Adoption
Senior Associate Morven Douglas looks at a recent case that allowed the appeal of a mother who had wrongfully removed her daughter from Poland to Scotland, and what this means for future child abduction decisions. [Read more…] about Child Abduction and Children’s Views
Last week the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the Children (Scotland) Bill. The Bill will now become law, bringing with it some of the most significant changes to the family court system in almost 15 years. [Read more…] about Everything you need to know about the new Children (Scotland) Bill
New guidance was issued at the end of last week regarding compliance with court orders relating to Parental Rights and Responsibilities (PRRs). [Read more…] about COVID-19 and Updated Guidance on Child Contact
The case of Mr and Mrs Villiers has reached a conclusion this week in the Supreme Court, with Mrs Villiers ultimately victorious as Mr Villiers failed to win his appeal. For the implications of this to be clear, it is helpful to look at all of the facts of the case in the first instance. [Read more…] about Villiers v Villiers – a clear decision issued, but for how long?
When The Family Law Scotland Act 2006 came into force it abolished the ability for couples to begin to establish marriage by way of cohabitation with habit and repute. Despite that being some 14 years ago I still, every so often, come across someone who believes that they have a “common law marriage.”