Corona virus and separated parents – what to do?

We appreciate that many of our client’s are concerned regarding how Corona Virus will impact upon care arrangements for their children. To assist, we undernote a copy note from a legal blog by Lucy Reed, a family law barrister in England which outlines some sensible guidance for parents. This has an English angle to it […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have been making plans to ensure that we can continue to deal with your legal cases through these challenging times. We have the capability for all of our staff to work from outwith our offices and we provide a “home visit” service for clients provided by qualified solicitors. We expect we may experience some […]

Avoiding Granimosity at Christmas.

According to Age UK, two-fifths of over-50s providing regular care for their grandchildren feel the family would have struggled financially without their help. Indeed a Scottish Government survey on “Growing Up in Scotland” found that Grandparents are a key source of support for most families in Scotland where, for some age brackets, they provide up […]

Christmas Contact – how to best approach this tricky situation

Peace on Earth? Most of us would settle for peace within our own four walls. This, the first of our two part series looks at how best to plan ahead to avoid any issues with contact between children and parents with whom they don’t reside. We appreciate that Christmas holidays are a difficult time when […]

Compulsory Supervision Orders

My child has turned a corner – can we now stop the Social Work supervision? Alison MacPhee considers compulsory supervision orders over children. I’ve been asked the question in the headline a few times in my career.   Sometimes at a children’s hearing the child is made subject to a compulsory supervision order.   This requires the […]

Who owns a child’s passport?

Divorced or separated parents with children under 16. Who owns a child’s passport? A child should always have their own passport which is usually kept by the parent with primary responsibility for that child’s upbringing i.e. the resident parent. If the other parent won’t co-operate in the obtaining or delivery of a passport, that too […]

Do you have mum’s and dad’s permission to take your child abroad?

In Scotland the basic law is that  no person is entitled to remove a child from the United Kingdom without the permission of anyone holding any parental responsibility or parental right with respect to that child, which usually means the other parent.  This consent is usually given verbally although it may be in the form […]

Cohabitation Law Change Proposed

In recent decades how we live in Scotland has changed. Many couples now choose to live together without being married or entering a civil partnership. It is believed now there are more than a quarter of a million such couples in Scotland. So far so good, but what is often not understood by people in […]

Powers of Attorney – beware of press coverage

We all live longer these days, and what a success story that is for our society. Increasing longevity however brings with it the possibility of living on through illness – for example dementia – which may mean the person cannot look after themselves. Legally we can anticipate this happening by appointing a trusted person to […]