Relationship breakdowns are stressful – that is not news. This can be for a variety of reasons and every situation is different. Where relationships end, there will commonly be disputes about the division of the finances and about child care arrangements. In Scotland, it is typical for separating couples to try and negotiate an agreement (known as a 'Separation Agreement' or 'Minute of Agreement') which regulates those issues, through the instruction of solicitors.
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As we gear up to the summer period, solicitors who practise family law are often approached by separated parents regarding disputes about holiday contact. These disputes can be difficult for both parents and children.
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