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  1. Grandparents Rights

    The rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren is something we are often asked about. Our trainee solicitor, Louise Scullion, wrote a blog post some time ago on the issue and we attached the web address for the full article here: http://www.hamiltonross.co.uk/grandparents-rights-not-so-grand/ When considering a request for such an order the court must have regard […]

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  2. Guardianship

    A rise in guardianship orders giving guardians control over the affairs of adults who lack the capacity to make their own decisions has been described as concerning recently. A report by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland relating to guardianships found that guardianship orders in Scotland rose by 12% to 13,501 between 2017/18 and the […]

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  3. Family Law Update

    A Fife Council adoption order will go ahead despite an attempt by the father to prevent it. The man was described as aggressive and it was said he kept his two children in a dirty home and failed to prevent contact with a known sex offender. The Sheriff Principal held that living with the man […]

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  4. Relationships And Legal Issues

    Relationships And The Law Earlier this year, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, lost their Court of Appeal case, in which they sought the right to be able to enter into a civil partnership, instead of a marriage. The couple reject the traditional notion of marriage and wanted a civil partnership which is currently only available […]

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  5. The Importance of Wills

    Having a will is important because if you die without making a will there are certain rules called the rights of succession which will dictate how your money, property and possessions will be allocated which may not be the way that you would have wanted it to be distributed. For example, unless there is a […]

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  6. Cohabitation – Don’t Take Things For Granted

    The Office for National Statistics recently published figures relating to the make-up of families across the UK. It highlighted that the number of cohabiting couple families has grown considerably in recent years. The figures from the ONS show that cohabiting couple families grew by 29.7% between 2005 and 2015, to a total of 3.2 million, […]

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  7. Family Is What You Make It

    Family Is What You Make It What is a family? Is it something the law can define? How does Scot’s law adapt to this ever changing term? Historically in Scotland, like in many other jurisdictions, the nuclear family was the primary family unit. This simply encompassed a married man and woman and their children, and […]

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  8. Equality for all! Hooray! Oh no wait…….

    The Civil Partnership Act 2004 introduced the UK to a new relationship status, the Civil Partnership. The Act was explicit in its terms; only two people of the same sex could enter into such a relationship status. This was the means deployed by government to address inequality between homosexual couples and their heterosexual counterparts. By […]

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  9. Named Person- Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

    In Scots Law children have always had rights. The law requires that these rights are upheld by the parents of the child. This is reinforced by the fact that the United Kingdom is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The United Nations has proclaimed that childhood is entitled […]

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  10. Law Society Respond To To Legal Aid Cuts

    Legal aid budget for 2016-17 Responding to the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget for 2016-17, announced yesterday, Christine McLintock, president of the Law Society of Scotland, made the following statement to legal aid practitioners: “The 2016-17 budget allocation for the legal aid fund has been set at £126.1 million, the lowest it has been for well […]

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