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Latest articles from Jenny Smith

  • Once bitten, twice shy? Common issues when older married couples separate or divorce

    Once bitten, twice shy? Common issues when older married couples separate or divorce

    Many of the clients who consult us about separation and divorce are older. One or other may already have been through a messy break-up. They may have children from previous relationships. They will likely have built up pensions and other assets. They may have pooled resources to buy a new house together. What are the issues to consider on separation and divorce in those circumstances?

  • Is it time for change in the law on cohabitation and separation in Scotland?

    Is it time for change in the law on cohabitation and separation in Scotland?

    In Scotland, cohabitants who separate can, in certain circumstances, make claims in relation to household goods and certain money and property and for financial provision on separation. However, the rights of cohabitants are not widely known and the legislation is complicated. That's why we believe the current review and reform of the legislation in relation to cohabitation is timely.

  • Becoming a Family Lawyer with Jenny Smith

    Becoming a Family Lawyer with Jenny Smith

    Jenny Smith, Partner and member of the Family Law team here at Harper Macleod LLP, recently took part in a live online discussion with Erin Bartley, a school-based careers adviser for Skills Development Scotland, to talk about how someone can get in to law and more specifically become a Family lawyer.

  • A meal ticket for life? The issue of maintenance payments in divorce cases

    A meal ticket for life? The issue of maintenance payments in divorce cases

    A recent case in England has made an important contribution to the way the courts will treat the law relating to maintenance payments following divorce. Until recently the English courts had seemed more generous, however going forward is appears that there will be more cases where term orders for maintenance are made rather than maintenance on an indefinite basis. This brings the position south of the Border more in line with the Scottish position.