This time of year, during the festive period, can often be particularly difficult for parents who are separated. The prospect of not spending the whole of your child’s Christmas celebrations with them can be daunting and highly emotional. This can understandably lead to tension between you and your ex-partner. In order to minimise the acrimony your child is exposed to when they are moving between their parents, we have noted some useful guidance, which may be of assistance where cases involve direct handover, below:
Lottery winners occasionally appear in the news headlines with a photograph of the lucky winner usually posing with an oversized cheque, but it is not often lottery winnings are considered in the context of family law in Scotland. The recent case of J v J  CSOH 67 came before Lady Wise in the Outer House of the Court of Session with one of the main issues being whether the assets and funds derived from lottery winnings were matrimonial property.
Lesley Gordon reminds those thinking of separation and divorce that the BTO Family Law team continue to work remotely and have everything in place to assist clients even during lockdown.
BTO Family Law partner Lesley Gordon provides some clarity to the subject of family businesses and divorce.
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?
If you have ever received an inheritance or gift you will be well aware that these items can very often hold great sentimental value. However, not only can they hold a place in our hearts, these items can also hold significant economic value. [Read more…] about Inheritance, Gifts and Divorce – what you need to know
With the financial year end looming, finances and tax are hot topics on everyone’s mind at the moment. If you are separating, your divorce may be the last thing you think has year-end consequences, but if you are considering transferring assets between you then it is important that you seek professional advice before the year end on 5 April 2019.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie recently announced that they were separating after 25 years of marriage. The couple are estimated to be the wealthiest in the world, with Jeff worth $137 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
The scene in Love Actually where Emma Thomson’s character receives a Joni Mitchell CD for Christmas is heart-breaking. Shortly before she had discovered an expensive necklace in her husband’s pocket and is faced with the realisation that he is buying expensive and thoughtful gifts for another woman and not for her.
The Christmas trees have been taken down, the cards sent to the recycling centre and as children start returning to school the sad reality of a New Year is that it often brings with it a resolution to end an unhappy relationship or marriage.