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Author Archives: Fiona Wayman
Good Divorce Week
An organisation in England & Wales called Resolution began running a campaign on 26 November 2018 called Good Divorce Week renewing calls for changes in the law to help reduce the impact of divorce on children. The aim is to … More
Civil Partnerships to Open Up to Heterosexual Couples – Scotland to Follow?
The Scottish Government has already announced a consultation on the introduction of opposite-sex civil partnerships and I think it would be safe to say that the law in Scotland is likely to go the same way as in England and … More
What Happens to the Family Pet on Divorce?
What Happens to the Family Pet on Divorce? In the Scottish Legal News dated 9 October 2018 there was a short article entitled ‘And finally…dog eat dog’. Apparently recent legislation in California requires judges to consider an animal’s best interests … More
Whose Home Is It Any Way?
When a relationship ends one of the most vexing concerns for many is whether one person can force the other to leave a shared family home. There are three typical scenarios. Firstly if a couple are married or in a … More
Family Law –Some Urban Myths
I have been practising family law for quite some time now and over the years it never fails to surprise me that many people still hold strongly to a number of misconceptions about family law in Scotland. The woman will … More
Cohabitants beware! Some legal considerations of living together
Marriage by cohabitation with habit and repute (otherwise referred to as “common law marriage”) was abolished ten years ago. And whilst it is true that the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 ushered in some protection, it by no means provides … More