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

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When parents separate there is usually an obligation owed by one parent to pay child support to the other parent who is the “main carer” for the child or children of their relationship. The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is frequently …Continue reading

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The Scottish Government recently released their official statistics for domestic abuse reported by the police in Scotland in 2017/18. These statistics show some interesting facts: The levels of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland have remained relatively stable …Continue reading

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Kim Kardashian, Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Tom Ford are to name but a few of the celebrities who have used a surrogate to have a child. Surrogacy is becoming increasingly common in the UK. It is not …Continue reading

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Scottish Adoption Week is taking place this year from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 November 2018. Adoption UK and Adoption & Fostering Alliance Scotland have been chosen by the Scottish Government to coordinate a series of events. Adoption has evolved in Scotland …Continue reading

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When parents have to go to court to sort out arrangements for their children, it is usually because all other options have failed. Such disputes can be highly acrimonious and unfortunately obtaining a court order for contact so that one …Continue reading

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My colleague, Nicola Kerr blogged previously on the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for International Development (in substitution for the Home Secretary and …Continue reading

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It is estimated that more than 75,000 people living in Scotland are Muslim. Many within the Muslim community in Scotland chose to marry by way of a religious ceremony of “Nikah” under Sharia law. However, a Nikah does not, in …Continue reading

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Nathan Sparling, a 27 year old charity worker from Edinburgh has brought the spectre of adult adoption to the attention of the media. He is  campaigning for the law on adoption to be changed to allow individuals over the age …Continue reading

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The UK Government recently published it paper containing the plans for Family Law in the event of a no-deal Brexit. It contained no surprises, but we at least now have clarity on the implications of a no-deal Brexit for family …Continue reading

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The long running debate on what form the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and EU will take reached a new stage with the publication of the UK Government’s White Paper on “The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the …Continue reading

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