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What changes after you say: “I do”?

The Wedding season is upon us once again with couples across Scotland ‘tying the knot’ but what legally changes when you say “I do”?

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03 June 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

What changes after you say: “I do”?

By Rachael Burke

The Wedding season is upon us once again with couples across Scotland ‘tying the knot’ but what legally changes when you say “I do”?

13 February 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

Love is a Co-Purchase Agreement

By Rachael Burke

Rachael Burke discusses why it is a good idea for any couple to consider a co-purchase agreement before buying a property.

30 January 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

Five questions to consider when thinking about a divorce or separation

By Sharon Murray

If you are considering divorce or separation, at any time of the year, here are five fundamental questions you should ask yourself.

25 January 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

Is court the only option for reaching a financial agreement in a divorce?

By Sharon Murray

Most people want to avoid the inevitable stress and expense of going to court to sort out the financial aspects of their separation, so what is the alternative?

15 December 2023 | Time to read: 3 mins

The essence of family protection

By John Stirling

John Stirling discusses the essence of family protection and the importance of being aware of the differences between trusts, nuptials and cohab agreements.

17 November 2023 | Time to read: 4 mins

Do I have to name my baby’s father on the birth certificate?

By Rachael Burke

There are many considerations when welcoming a new baby into the world, here we highlight Parental Responsibilities and Rights.

15 November 2023 | Time to read: 4 mins

The Three Ages of Child Support

By Sharon Murray

Sharon Murray outlines the law around child support, setting out the three stages of a child’s life and what is required during each stage.

10 August 2023 | Time to read: 3 mins

What can I do if my child does not return home from holiday?

By Sharon Murray

Summer holidays can be an anxious time for separated parents. Sharon Murray provides guidance on if your child does not return from holiday as planned.

03 July 2023 | Time to read: 3 mins

Separated Parents: Top tips for a “plane” sailing summer holiday

By Melissa Strachan

If you are planning a summer holiday with your child but you are separated from your child’s other parent, there are some things to think about in advance.

14 April 2023 | Time to read: 4 mins

Civil Partnership or Marriage – What are the legal differences?

By Melissa Strachan

We have prepared a helpful factsheet on the legal differences between becoming marital spouses or civil partners.

21 December 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins

Tips for Co-parenting at Christmas

By Rachael Burke

For some the festive period can be difficult, particularly if it is the first Christmas since the separation - here are our co-parenting tips at Christmas.

28 October 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins

How do I change my name or my child’s name after a separation?

By Melissa Strachan

One of the most common practical changes following a separation or divorce/dissolution of civil partnership is to change your surname or your child’s surname.

19 July 2022 | Time to read: 5 mins

Interim aliment: barred by agreement?

By Sharon Murray

Excluding claims for aliment by agreement? Here we discuss the the case of R v K (EDI-F205-21) and the motion for interim aliment.

04 July 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins

What happens when partners in both marriage and business divorce?

By Sharon Murray

Married couples often set up in business together but what happens if the business is going well but the is marriage is not?

10 May 2022 | Time to read: 3 mins

Is my family farm “matrimonial property”?

By Sharon Murray

What is “matrimonial property”?

31 March 2022 | Time to read: 5 mins

What is 23 years of marriage to a farmer worth?

By Sharon Murray

In November 2021, the Court of Session in Edinburgh issued a judgment in a divorce case involving a family farm.

25 March 2022 | Time to read: 3 mins

Relocating with children – a guide for separated parents

By Melissa Strachan

Many of us made changes to our living arrangements during the Covid pandemic and some may be considering a permanent move abroad as the world begins to open up.

01 February 2022 | Time to read: 1 min

Divorce – What counts as “unreasonable behaviour”?

By Melissa Strachan

Most people know that it is possible to divorce a spouse on the ground of their “unreasonable behaviour”.

01 February 2022 | Time to read: 2 mins

Can I get divorced before a year?

By Melissa Strachan

In Scotland the vast majority (over 90%) of divorce applications are made on the basis that the couple have been separated for more than one year.

28 January 2022 | Time to read: 3 mins

The lesser known benefits of saying “I do ……”

By Sharon Murray

If you are planning a wedding in 2022 or are just curious about what some of the lesser known “benefits” of being married are, then read on.

17 January 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins

Marital bliss or a fresh start? Don’t forget to review your tax obligations

By John McArthur

Now is the time to be aware on how marriage or civil partnership can affect your tax position.

15 November 2021 | Time to read: 4 mins

The Language of Family Law

By Sharon Murray

The Family Law Language Project launched with the aim of helping to improve the understanding and use of language where family legal matters are discussed.

13 May 2021 | Time to read: 9 mins

COVID, lost income and child maintenance

By Melissa Strachan

Changes in income due to the Covid-19 pandemic may have left separated parents wondering about the implications for child maintenance payments.

01 April 2021 | Time to read: 6 mins

Supporting your teenagers through your separation

By Melissa Strachan

Parents’ separation has the potential to be a particularly challenging time for teenagers but handled properly many cope very well.

25 March 2021 | Time to read: 3 mins

Considering separation but feeling stuck?

By Sharon Murray

We have put together some answers to the most frequently asked questions about separating in lockdown.

05 March 2021 | Time to read: 5 mins

Adoption in Scotland – Your Questions Answered

By Melissa Strachan

To celebrate LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering week 2021 we have answered some frequently asked questions in relation to the adoption process in Scotland.

30 September 2020 | Time to read: 4 mins

Cladding creates risk for family lawyers

By Sharon Murray

Since the Grenfell tragedy family lawyers should be alive to cladding problems this could cause in the context of separation.

18 May 2020 | Time to read: 4 mins

Living Together as an Unmarried Couple

By Sharon Murray

Cohabitation: increasing awareness of the current regime to ensure couples are aware of the risks it presents.

06 March 2020 | Time to read: 5 mins

Co-parenting: key considerations

By Melissa Strachan

Some key considerations for newly separated parents.

13 December 2019 | Time to read: 4 mins

Family law implications of building ‘Grand Designs’ on legacy land

By Melissa Strachan

Self-building gives you the opportunity to design a one-off family home that ticks all the boxes: design, living requirements and, most importantly, location.

07 June 2019 | Time to read: 3 mins

Who will look after my children if I die?

By Melissa Strachan

All parents should think about is the arrangements for their child (or children) if something was to happen to them.

03 June 2019 | Time to read: 4 mins

Step parent adoption

By Melissa Strachan

This article explores step-parent adoption in Scotland, and also looks at the other options that are available.

30 May 2019 | Time to read: 3 mins

Mixing Family and Business

By Sharon Murray

There are many benefits to working with a partner or spouse, but there is also an increased risk of the business suffering if the relationship fails.

29 May 2019 | Time to read: 3 mins

Is my marriage abroad recognised in Scotland?

By Melissa Strachan

It’s important for couples to know if a foreign marriage is recognised in Scotland automatically, or if anything needs to be done here.

15 May 2019 | Time to read: 2 mins

Summer holidays – tips for separated parents

By Melissa Strachan

Our family law expert Ashley McCann provides her top tips for separated parents when considering their holiday plans.

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