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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If you die without leaving a Will and you have a partner to whom you are not married or in a civil partnership with, they will not be automatically entitled to any part of your estate. If you have no Will however, they can apply to the court to ask them to consider a discretionary financial award under the current legislation.
A new Bill to amend the Inheritance Act 1984 would enable transfers between siblings to be exempt in certain circumstances, bringing the position more in line with the tax advantages afforded to married couples.
The law in Scotland affords certain rights to individuals who had lived with their former partner as if 'husband and wife' or as 'civil partners' in the event of a separation or on the death of their partner. The rights are not the same as those offered to civil partners or married couples - however you can do something about that if you wish.
The government has announced that from April this year there will be a new legal right to two weeks’ paid bereavement leave, to be called ‘Jack’s Law’, in memory of Jack Herd whose mother campaigned on the issue.