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Family Matters – Legal Considerations for Parents and Carers

Becoming a parent can also be all consuming, but there are a number of legal matters you should


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01 April 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins

What’s in a name? Our guide to changing your name following 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.

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...

14 March 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins

Court is not the only option

By Sharon Murray

Most people want to avoid the inevitable stress and expense of going to court to sort out the financial aspects...

01 February 2022 | Time to read: 1 min

Divorce – What counts as “unreasonable behaviour”?

By Ashley McCann

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 Ashley McCann

In Scotland the vast majority (over 90%) of divorce applications are made on the basis that the couple have been...

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”...

17 January 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins

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

By Lisa Macpherson-Fletcher

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 Ashley McCann

The Family Law Language Project launched with the aim of helping to improve the understanding and use of language where...

01 June 2021 | Time to read: 2 mins

Pride 2021: LGBTQ+ Role Models in the Scottish Legal Profession

By Ashley McCann

Amanda Millar, the first openly LGBTQ+ President of the Law Society of Scotland, hosted an “in conversation with” event at...

13 May 2021 | Time to read: 9 mins

COVID, lost income and child maintenance

By Ashley McCann

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

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 Ashley McCann

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 Ashley McCann

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

30 September 2020 | Time to read: 4 mins

Cladding creates risk for family lawyers

By Ashley McCann

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 Ashley McCann

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,...

07 June 2019 | Time to read: 3 mins

Who will look after my children if I die?

By Ashley McCann

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 Ashley McCann

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

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...

15 May 2019 | Time to read: 2 mins

Summer holidays – tips for separated parents

By Ashley McCann

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


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