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Latest articles from Lynsey Brown

  • 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.

  • Surrogacy in Scotland – what you need to know in terms of the law

    Surrogacy in Scotland – what you need to know in terms of the law

    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.