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Latest articles from Jenni Gear

  • Can you hide your wealth during or after a divorce?

    Can you hide your wealth during or after a divorce?

    A divorce case in which a Russian billionaire hid money and assets post-divorce to avoid handing them over to his wife, in terms of Court ordered divorce settlement, has hit the news recently. Whilst the level of wealth in this case is far-fetched for the vast majority of people, hiding assets during and post-divorce can happen. So what does the law say about this?

  • Civil Partnerships now open to all

    Civil Partnerships now open to all

    The Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent on 28 July 2020.  Since then the Scottish Government has been working on secondary legislation to bring the law into practical operation.  This means that from 1 June 2021 it is possible to submit a notice of intention to enter into a mixed-sex civil partnership.

  • The Voice and Views of a Child in Court Proceedings

    The Voice and Views of a Child in Court Proceedings

    In court actions considering children, the obvious person whose thoughts matter is the child. The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 states that a child of 12 years old or more is presumed to have sufficient age and maturity to give a view on the proceedings.