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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

Melissa Strachan

Senior Solicitor, Family Law

Melissa is a Senior Solicitor in our Family Law team.

Melissa joined the firm as a trainee and has been a specialist family lawyer since 2017.  She advises clients on all aspects of family law, with a particular focus on helping clients resolve their financial and childcare arrangements following a relationship breakdown, Melissa’s clients feel well looked after and properly advised and praise her discretion and instinctive ability to settle at the right point.

During her career Melissa has developed a specific interest in child maintenance disputes and child relocation cases, where one parent wishes to relocate away from Scotland to another country with their child, or children.

Melissa’s approach is to work closely with clients to understand their individual circumstances and to help them achieve their personal aims. In the majority of cases, that can be done calmly and constructively without the need to go to Court. Where that isn’t possible, she has experience in representing clients in the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session, where she has a strong track record.

Melissa is a member of the Family Law Association and the Scottish Young Lawyers Association.



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Recent News & Insights by Melissa

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.

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...

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.

06 March 2020 | Time to read: 5 mins

Co-parenting: key considerations

By Melissa Strachan

Some key considerations for newly separated parents.

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