family law



University of Glasgow academics design board game to explain law on marriage

University of Glasgow academics are developing a board game to help the public negotiate the complex legal world of marriage.

Published 10 September 2019

New bill aims to put children's best interests first in family law cases

The Scottish government has published new legislation that aims to ensure children’s best interests are at the centre of every family law case and that children’s views are heard in court.

Published 3 September 2019

Scottish Law Commission seeks view from family lawyers on cohabitation

The Scottish Law Commission (SLC) is keen to hear from family law practitioners about their experiences, and those of their clients, of claims under the cohabitation provisions in the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006.

Published 12 August 2019

Legal workshops: Twenty-two years of the Scottish Parliament in child and family law

In a series of three full-day workshops this year, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, academics and practitioners will critically review the role and impact of the Scottish Parliament on child and family law in Scotland.

Published 25 July 2019

Northern Ireland: Revised timetable for abortion and same-sex marriage law backed by Lords

Plans to extend abortion access and same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland have been approved by the House of Lords, following revisions to the process and timetable.

Published 19 July 2019

Major reforms to surrogacy regime proposed by law commissions

The laws around surrogacy are outdated and should be improved to better support the child, surrogates and intended parents, the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have announced today.

Published 6 June 2019

Use of post-nuptial agreements on the rise

There has been a 125 per cent increase in the use of post-nuptial agreements in the past year at one law firm.

Published 20 May 2019

Advocate Kirsty Malcolm to deliver Glasgow seminar on cohabitation

Advocate and family law expert Kirsty Malcolm will deliver a Glasgow seminar on cohabitation next month, hosted by Jones Whyte Law.

Published 23 April 2019

Court forms seeking views of children revamped

Court forms used to seek the views of children in family and civil partnership actions are to be replaced with revamped child-friendly versions.

Published 3 April 2019

Plans to improve the law for brothers and sisters in the care system

Plans to bolster the law in relation to keeping siblings together when they are placed in local authority care, where it is in their interests to do so, have been announced.

Published 14 March 2019

Harper Macleod family lawyer completes full house of specialist accreditations

Nadine Martin, an associate in the family law team at Harper Macleod, has joined a select band of solicitors who have achieved a full set of family law related specialist accreditations from the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 12 March 2019

Secure Facebook contact approved by sheriff

In what is considered to be a first, a sheriff has ordered indirect contact between a birth mother and her daughter to take place via a Facebook group.

Published 1 March 2019

Marika Franceschi: ‘I do’ or ‘no thank you’- the end of civil partnerships?

It has been five years since the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Act 2014 was passed. Marika Franceschi and Liusa Reid ask what, if anything, has changed? 

Published 19 February 2019

Family lawyer urges calm as Scotland set for busiest divorce period of the year

With the festive period over, the first working Monday in January traditionally sees one of the busiest days of the year for family lawyers with the number of people separating increasing following the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Published 7 January 2019