Should there be a presumption in law that a child benefits from both parents being involved in their life? Shared parenting is one of the areas raised in a recent consultation over reform of family law in Scotland. Here, we look at the pros and cons of the approach.
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Surrogacy is a hot topic again, with the news that Robbie Williams and Ayda Fields – the married couple who are also X-Factor judges - have welcomed a third child who was born via a surrogate mother. There are many reasons why a couple may choose to go down the surrogacy route when starting or expanding their family, and there are just as many legal considerations to take into account when deciding whether this path is for them.
When married couples separate, there are often financial and childcare issues to be resolved. In the usual course of events, these matters are resolved via negotiations with a view to entering into a Separation Agreement, also known as a Minute of Agreement. But Is a Separation Agreement legally binding? Lynsey Brown tells us everything we need to know online here.
The spotlight has been on step-parent adoptions in recent weeks, with Nathan Sparling, aged 27, launching a campaign to have the law in Scotland changed to allow adults to be adopted. The current age limit for someone to be adopted in Scotland is 18. Here we look at adoption in Scotland and what any change to the law might mean.
When parents separate and there are children of the relationship to consider, separated parents can have different views on what is best for the children going forward. In some cases, an impasse is reached and parents are unable to agree on matters such as when the non-resident parent will have contact. In these cases, parties will often consult solicitors to negotiate child contact arrangements on their behalf, attend mediation, or, in a minority of cases the court will require to adjudicate.