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Latest Family law articles

  • Can you hide your wealth during or after a divorce?

    Can you hide your wealth during or after a divorce?

    A divorce case in which a Russian billionaire hid money and assets post-divorce to avoid handing them over to his wife, in terms of Court ordered divorce settlement, has hit the news recently. Whilst the level of wealth in this case is far-fetched for the vast majority of people, hiding assets during and post-divorce can happen. So what does the law say about this?

  • Reflections on the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

    Reflections on the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

    With the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 on the books, Amanda Masson and Christopher Agnew look at some landmark cases for developments under the 1995 Act and highlight some areas in which the new Act takes the law forward. As practitioners begin to work with the Children (Scotland) Act 2020, now is a good time to reflect on how child law has developed over the last 25 years, and to consider what further developments may be in store.

  • Civil Partnerships now open to all

    Civil Partnerships now open to all

    The Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent on 28 July 2020.  Since then the Scottish Government has been working on secondary legislation to bring the law into practical operation.  This means that from 1 June 2021 it is possible to submit a notice of intention to enter into a mixed-sex civil partnership.