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Would you choose a Civil Partnership?

For the first time in Scotland, mixed sex couples will have the opportunity to enter civil partnerships. Civil partnerships are currently…


Posted on 27th April 2021

Vaccines and Children

It was recently announced that over half the Scottish population have received their first dose of a Covid 19 vaccine. This is an…


Posted on 26th April 2021

New Opt-out Scheme of Organ Donation comes into force today

The law around organ and tissue donation in Scotland changes on 26 March 2021 to an opt-out system, which is hoped will lead to an increase…


Posted on 26th March 2021

The Reality of Surrogacy in Scotland

Surrogacy in the UK is steadily becoming more and more common. In 2011 only 121 parental orders were made compared with 368 in 2018. The…


Posted on 26th March 2021

White dress? Check. Veil? Check. Shoes? Check. Pre-nup? Wait, what?

Billionaire MacKenzie Scott has married science teacher Dan Jewett.   Ms Scott, who is worth around $53 billion according to Forbes’ most…


Posted on 15th March 2021

Child Contact Centres & Covid19

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted lives across the nation in a myriad of ways. For many, a silver lining of repetitive lockdowns is…


Posted on 19th January 2021

What does the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 mean for grandparents?

My colleague Eildh Conacher recently provided an overview of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020, but what does it mean in practice? The…


Posted on 16th December 2020

Children (Scotland) Act 2020; what will the new legislation mean for children in Scotland.

Recently, MSPs unanimously passed the Children (Scotland) Bill. The bill, which aims to encourage the expression and inclusion of children…


Posted on 9th December 2020

Christmas Reunions

The Festive Period can be a difficult time for separated parents. Unless Christmas contact has previously been arranged, either by way of a…


Posted on 7th December 2020

White Ribbon Day

25 November is White Ribbon Day, also known as International Day for the eradication of violence against women. As the world continues to…


Posted on 25th November 2020

#AdoptionWeekScotland

This week (16-20 November) is Adoption Week Scotland 2020. Local authorities, adoption agencies, charities and individuals are coming…


Posted on 17th November 2020

Scotland’s smacking ban comes into force

Last year, the Scottish Government confirmed that the smacking of children was to be banned in Scotland, following evidence which showed…


Posted on 6th November 2020

Eight trainees secure permanent positions with Thorntons

Full service Scottish law firm Thorntons has welcomed eight newly qualified solicitors across four of its offices following a two year…


Posted on 20th October 2020

Childcare, Child Contact and Residence - new Coronavirus measures.

Yesterday, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced new measures to combat the increase in coronavirus cases. Available guidance is…


Posted on 23rd September 2020

Knowing Who You Are: Why establishing paternity is important

It has recently been reported that a Ms Delphine Boel has taken a case to the Belgian Appeal Court to determine whether she should have the…


Posted on 21st September 2020

Coronavirus: Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages

As the lockdown restrictions lift, we see a number of public services recommencing from 29 June 2020 and this includes the registration of…


Posted on 29th June 2020

Not the Time for Cutting Corners

Coronavirus has brought such financial uncertainty. Legal costs may be seen as a luxury rather than a necessity and there can be ample…


Posted on 3rd June 2020

When staying home is unsafe: Domestic Abuse in Lockdown

Lockdown has exacerbated the sense of isolation for many families whose lives are affected by domestic abuse. Victims of abuse are often…


Posted on 12th May 2020

The Nest – Fact or Fiction?

Over 5 million people tuned in to watch the series finale of the recent BBC drama, “The Nest”. The series follows the life of a married…


Posted on 11th May 2020

Business as usual?

Lots of law firms who provide Family Law advice are blogging and tweeting about it being “business as usual”.  Practically, our team are…


Posted on 4th May 2020

Guidance on Contact and Residence Matters during Coronavirus Outbreak.

Following on from our two recent Blogs regarding shared care of children during the Coronavirus crisis, The Lord President, the most senior…


Posted on 30th March 2020

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