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Latest Divorce & separation articles

  • You may not be Kim or Kanye, but what are you entitled to in a divorce?

    You may not be Kim or Kanye, but what are you entitled to in a divorce?

    Divorce and separation have hit the headlines again this week with the rumours that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have decided to call time on their six-year marriage.  It is likely that this will be dealt with by high profile attorneys instructed by both parties in the USA. While the majority of people that are going through a divorce will not play this out in the spotlight, what most people will not know is what they would be entitled to if they were to separate/divorce in Scotland.

  • Spousal Support or Aliment during a Divorce in Scotland

    Spousal Support or Aliment during a Divorce in Scotland

    It is still possible for a spouse to make a claim for support following divorce.  Maintenance after divorce is referred to as "periodical allowance".  Periodical allowance in Scotland is relatively unusual and is awarded for a fixed period of time, which is usually a maximum of 3 years after divorce is granted.

  • Family law support during the festive period

    Family law support during the festive period

    As practitioners begin to work with the Children (Scotland) Act 2020, now is a good time to reflect upon how child law has developed over the last 25 years, and to consider what further developments may be in store. The law of parent and child is a specialist area in itself, with some areas within that specialism being worthy of an article of their own.

  • Reflections on the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

    Reflections on the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

    As practitioners begin to work with the Children (Scotland) Act 2020, now is a good time to reflect upon how child law has developed over the last 25 years, and to consider what further developments may be in store. The law of parent and child is a specialist area in itself, with some areas within that specialism being worthy of an article of their own.

  • Scotland's smacking ban' comes into force 7th November 2020

    Scotland's smacking ban' comes into force 7th November 2020

    On 7th November 2020, The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act comes into force. It means that Scotland will become the first Country within the United Kingdom to offer children the same protection from assault as adults. In doing so, Scotland joins a number of other countries throughout the world who have ensured similar provisions for children.