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?
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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.
Corporate transactions by business owners may have family law considerations not apparent to the client (or the corporate adviser) at the time. Here, family lawyers Jenny Smith and Alexis Harper join Corporate colleague Rachel McNeill in setting out some things business owners should consider.
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 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.