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.
The breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership can often bring with it some nasty surprises. This applies equally to your finances as it does to other aspects of your relationship.
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
Imagine, in the course of negotiating your divorce settlement, you tell your partner that they can keep one of their biggest assets and they don’t have to give you anything in return. Doesn’t sound like a good idea, does it? [Read more…] about You Keep Yours and I’ll Keep Mine
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.