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Latest Family articles

  • Increasing awareness of the benefits of mediation in Scotland

    Increasing awareness of the benefits of mediation in Scotland

    The family law team at Harper Macleod LLP have recently responded to a consultation relating to a proposal to increase the use and consistency of mediation services in Scotland. The proposal is made by the MSP for Central Scotland, Margaret Mitchell, and is the first step in the process for introducing a Member's Bill in the Scottish Parliament. The hope is that the Member's Bill will increase awareness of mediation and what it can do to assist those involved in disputes.

  • The kids are alright?

    The kids are alright?

    With more methods of creating a family, new situations are arising in which child welfare issues have to be considered. But is the law coping? Amanda Masson believes a more joined-up approach is needed

  • Once bitten, twice shy? Common issues when older married couples separate or divorce

    Once bitten, twice shy? Common issues when older married couples separate or divorce

    Many of the clients who consult us about separation and divorce are older. One or other may already have been through a messy break-up. They may have children from previous relationships. They will likely have built up pensions and other assets. They may have pooled resources to buy a new house together. What are the issues to consider on separation and divorce in those circumstances?

  • Is it time for change in the law on cohabitation and separation in Scotland?

    Is it time for change in the law on cohabitation and separation in Scotland?

    In Scotland, cohabitants who separate can, in certain circumstances, make claims in relation to household goods and certain money and property and for financial provision on separation. However, the rights of cohabitants are not widely known and the legislation is complicated. That's why we believe the current review and reform of the legislation in relation to cohabitation is timely.