Family Law

The articles listed cover aspects of family law, which includes matrimonial matters, financial provision on separation and divorce, child law (including residence and contact), as well as the law relating to civil partnership and cohabitation.

Help for Separated Couples with Children (and it’s free)

The process of family breakdown – and having to adjust to living in separate homes – is difficult for adults and children alike.

A free information session for separated parents is soon to be offered in Moray (in Elgin) for the first time, through AVENUE.

The one-off Parenting Apart Groups will help separated parents to:

  • understand what they and their children are going through
  • help their children cope better
  • work together as parents
  • plan for the future

How does it work?

You sign up for a one-off 3-hour session, which you attend together with other parents who are in similar circumstances (group sizes may vary but will probably be of about 4-6 people). [Read more…]

3 Ways To Tell If You Need To Defend a Divorce Action

If you receive recorded delivery post and have to sign for a letter whose envelope has a “return” address of a Sheriff Court, you may find someone is raising a court action against you.

Scottish court actions usually have a notice period of 21 days. In other words, you have 3 weeks within which to decide how to react and, in particular, whether to defend the action.

It can be a very stressful time.

Elsewhere, we have considered what action you need to take if someone sues you following a road traffic accident.

If the proceedings are raised by your spouse and seeking a divorce, what are some of important points to have in mind? How do you decide whether you should defend a divorce action or not? [Read more…]

Family Law Guide Helps Moray Consumers

Complaints about solicitors handling family law matters make up about one in every 5 referrals to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC).

If life later turns sour for the “Cheerful Couple Having Fun at Home” pictured above (a stock photo we found striking and a wee bit odd), either or both partners may find themselves needing legal advice on a whole range of family law issues.

Family law advice is most often a distress purchase, a last resort necessitated by stressful and difficult circumstances.

The SLCC has published “Family Law – a Guide for Consumers”, which aims to inform and educate. [Read more…]