August 2020 – Divorce – And what a Difference an “and” Makes

Put broadly, in Scotland, the general aim in relation to financial provision on divorce is that there should be a “clean break” so far as possible. Things are different in England where there is scope for long-term generous maintenance payments … More

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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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Are You Considering Adoption?

From the 19th November to 24th November 2018 is Adoption Week in Scotland which provides a platform for discussion about adoption giving information and hopefully inspiration. The landscape of adoption has changed so much in recent times. Gone are the … 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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November 2017 – “What’s in a name?”

When a child is born its birth must be officially registered within 21 days. Generally, part and parcel of that registration process is recording the child’s name. Anyone whose birth is registered in Scotland may apply for a change of … More

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