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Latest articles from Lynsey Brown

  • Behind the scenes: BBC's the surrogates

    Behind the scenes: BBC's the surrogates

    The BBC recently aired an illuminating documentary on the reality of five women’s choice to carry a baby for someone else. Following both the surrogates’ and the intended parents’ journeys through the world of matching, pregnancy, and finally handing over the baby, the emotionally-charged and often heart-warming watch threw a light on the highs and lows of this method of creating or growing a family.

  • What are the rules on registering parents on birth certificates in Scotland?

    What are the rules on registering parents on birth certificates in Scotland?

    Our family law solicitors have noticed a rise in enquiries from new parents enquiring about their options in situations where they face being omitted from the registration process, and what ramifications this can have on their ongoing relationship with their child. Here, Lynsey Brown outlines the options available to a parent who finds themselves in this distressing situation and answers some frequently asked questions on the issue.

  • Step-parent adoption in Scotland: what you need to know

    Step-parent adoption in Scotland: what you need to know

    Step-parent adoptions now make up around 20% of all adoptions in Scotland. However for many prospective step-parent adopters, the legal procedure can be daunting and confusing. That's why our family lawyers have put together the answers to some frequently asked questions which a step-parent contemplating adoption should be aware of before embarking on their journey.

  • Are grandparents entitled to contact with their grandchild in Scotland? 4 things to know about your legal rights

    Are grandparents entitled to contact with their grandchild in Scotland? 4 things to know about your legal rights

    We have seen a rise in enquiries and instructions from grandparents who have lost contact with their grandchildren for a variety of reasons. But what rights do grandparents have in relation to contact with their grandchildren? Here, our Edinburgh Family Law solicitor Lynsey Brown has put together answers to some frequently asked questions which parents and grandparents alike should be mindful of.