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#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

Coronavirus: Latest Government advice for parents sharing care.

Only a few days after posting our previous Blog, "Coronavirus poses dilemma for parents sharing care", last night’s Government announcement…


Posted on 24th March 2020

Coronavirus poses dilemma for parents sharing care

Across the globe, we are facing unprecedented and extremely challenging times in tackling the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid – 19). Of…


Posted on 20th March 2020

Thorntons contribute to Cohabitation Law in Scotland review

A review of family law is presently being undertaken by the Scottish Law Commission’s Family Law Team, following the appointment of Kate…


Posted on 12th March 2020

How will the Children (Scotland) Bill affect families in Scotland?

Important changes in the world of child law are afoot in Scotland.  The Children (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament…


Posted on 31st January 2020

Call to Raise Age of Criminal Responsibility to 12 in England and Wales

At what age should a child be assumed to have criminal responsibility?  In other words, at what age should a child be expected to know what…


Posted on 20th January 2020

The Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill and the protection of assets

On 30 September 2019, the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament for debate.  The Bill, if it passes,…


Posted on 12th December 2019

Top Tips for Christmas Contact Arrangements

The Festive Period can be a difficult time for separated parents. Cheryl Wallace, Family Law Solicitor shares some tips on making contact…


Posted on 10th December 2019

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

This week saw the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. According to statistics released by the UN, 1 in 3 women…


Posted on 29th November 2019

An End to Reasonable Chastisement

With physical punishment of children now being unlawful in 52 countries around the world, including the vast majority of those in the…


Posted on 21st October 2019

Whose gift is it anyway?

David Beckham gave his wife a winery in California for her birthday.  Tom Cruise bought his wife a gulf-stream jet. Whilst we are not all…


Posted on 4th October 2019

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