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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

Cohabitation Agreements - are they worthwhile?

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Under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 a cohabiting couple is defined as “a couple who live together as if they were husband or wife” or “civil partners.”

The ongoing impact of Covid-19 on exercising contact with your child

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It has been proving difficult for many parents to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing Government guidelines and regulations, as the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions have evolved.  These issues raise particular concerns for parents who have separated from their partner or spouse and who now only exercise contact with their child during set periods.

Separating in uncertain times

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We are all living in uncertain times due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. One concern that may be affecting many people is the realisation that they are unhappy in their relationship, whether this be with their spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner. The festive period can be particularly difficult for some couples, especially when their relationship is already strained. 

Scottish Courts encouraging the views of children to be taken into account

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Previously in Scotland, under s.16 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1985 the Sheriff, when determining an order in relation to a child, was expected to consider the views of the child taking into account their age and maturity.  A child of twelve years of age or more was deemed to have sufficient age and maturity under the act to express their views.

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