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A court in Australia has ruled that a sperm donor is the legal father of a child because he was involved in her life. The brief facts of the case are as follows- Robert Masson and Susan Parsons agreed to …Continue reading

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It has just been announced that we will be able to get expert health advice using Amazon Alexa devices under partnership with the NHS.  Will we ever get to the stage where Alexa, or other forms of AI, will be …Continue reading

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On 6 June 2019 the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission announced that the laws which currently govern surrogacy should be reviewed with a view to improving support to the child, the surrogates and the …Continue reading

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Last week, Scottish Mediation published a report titled “Bringing Mediation into the Mainstream in Civil Justice in Scotland”. As many of you will know, mediation is a process for resolving disputes. An important point to note about the process is …Continue reading

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After the Father’s Day celebrations of the weekend, it seems the perfect time to reflect on whether a father has parental rights and responsibilities in respect of a child and, if not, how these can be gained. Unlike a child’s …Continue reading

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In contemporary Scottish society, with increasing rates of separations and divorces, the “blended family” with step-parents is increasingly common. Many individuals choose to cohabit or marry others who have a child or children from a previous relationship or marriage who …Continue reading

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In my previous article, I considered the issues that can arise for married couples in the farming sector who are separating/divorcing. In this article, I will look at the issues that can be encountered where a couple is not married …Continue reading

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The structure of families has changed significantly over the last few decades. Whilst couples continue to move in together and have children, fewer are deciding, as Beyonce would say, to ‘put a ring on it’. According to the Office of …Continue reading

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In any court action which considers children, it is recognised that an important part of the proceedings is to determine the views of the child. The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 states that a child of 12 years or more is …Continue reading

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Extensive research shows that ongoing conflict following a couple’s separation has serious negative effects on not only the couple themselves as individuals, but also on their children. The UK Government have this week announced that there will be a radical …Continue reading

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