Author Archives: Fiona Wayman

About Fiona Wayman

Fiona studied law at Glasgow University and graduated in 1997. She joined Mitchells Roberton in 1998 and served her traineeship here. She quickly became a very good court lawyer and now handles family law cases, divorce and separation. She has a steely determination to get the best for her clients and is a skilled negotiator. She takes the time to listen to clients with a view to seeking pragmatic solutions wherever possible. Email:

According to the Law Society of Scotland, Scotland’s Cohabitation Laws are in Need of Urgent Reform

At the moment under current legislation, a surviving cohabitant can only make an application to the court where there is no will following the death of their cohabitant. Also the surviving cohabitant only has six months from the date of … More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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