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.
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Latest articles from Lynsey Brown
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.
With Adoption Week 2019 having come and gone, now is the perfect time to bust some myths in relation to the adoption process in Scotland. Here, our adoption solicitor Lynsey Brown looks at some frequently asked questions in relation the law and procedure of adoption and provides clarity on some common misconceptions around that process.
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.
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.