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“No-fault” legislation to reform divorce law in England and Wales

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What is adoption? Adoption is a legal process where the legal relationship of parent and child is created by an order of the court. Who may be adopted? Only a child may be adopted in Scotland. A child for the …Continue reading

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The draft Pensions Bill currently before Parliament contains, amongst other things, proposals for a single-tier pension. The Bill provides that, under the new single-tier pension, it will no longer be possible to receive a pension based on a spouse’s National Insurance …Continue reading

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There are two ways you can obtain a divorce in Scotland; by the ordinary procedure, which requires a formal written document (called a Writ), which can often be an expensive and lengthy process, or alternatively by the Simplified Procedure (often …Continue reading

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Surrogacy is legal in Scotland, although the legal issues are not straight forward. There are two forms of surrogacy, partial or full. Partial surrogacy involves the surrogate mother’s egg being fertilised with the intended father’s sperm. In full surrogacy there …Continue reading

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By population, Scotland makes up a small part of the UK, so it is no surprise that many family lawyers are not familiar with the rules of jurisdiction in the event of competing proceedings between Scotland and another part of …Continue reading

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Mexico appears to have been a popular country for Irish couples seeking to adopt a child. In theory, everything would be straightforward; the couple would adopt a child in Mexico, bring it back to Ireland and the Adoption Authority of …Continue reading

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Surrogacy is never far from the newspaper headlines and magazine cover stories. Recent developments in Ireland Recently, the Irish High Court ruled that the genetic mother of twins should be declared the legal mother of twins, rather than the woman …Continue reading

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Much has been written about Margaret Thatcher in the last few days. Whatever people may think about her, she presided over a time of sweeping change throughout the UK and family law was not immune from her influences. Most significantly …Continue reading

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For those going through a separation, dissolution or divorce, the immediate priority will be to get your financial affairs in order and agree arrangements for your children. You should also bear in mind the need to review the arrangements you …Continue reading

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A separation and divorce occurring is something that may or not be foreseeable and within your control. However, with proper planning there are things that can be done to maintain as much control as possible in relation to how the …Continue reading

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