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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

#AdoptionWeekScotland

This week (16-23 November) is Adoption Week Scotland. Local authorities, adoption agencies, charities and individuals are coming together…


Posted on 20th 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

The Reform of Surrogacy Law

Solicitors in our Family team have been at the forefront of discussions around the reform of surrogacy law.  International Surrogacy…


Posted on 27th September 2019

The Bank of Mum and Dad: Protecting your Investment.

Parents spend so much money to help their children get onto the housing ladder, that they are now among the biggest lenders in the UK, a…


Posted on 2nd September 2019

The I do’s and don’ts of divorce law in Scotland

Some of us love reading about celebrity divorce cases – they can give us a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous. However, if you’…


Posted on 2nd August 2019

Love Island: Cohabiting in The Villa.

Every night, millions of viewers tune in to Love Island to catch up on the drama that has unfolded in The Villa over the last 24 hours. Our…


Posted on 30th July 2019

Keeping it Civil

Following a Consultation, the Scottish Government recently announced that Civil Partnerships would become available for all couples in…


Posted on 15th July 2019

Know What You Are Paying For

Separation may not necessarily mean a complete financial break from your other half. There may be ongoing financial commitments such as,…


Posted on 17th June 2019

Views of the Child in the Scottish court process

Changes are imminent in Scotland for how children’s views are heard within court cases which affect them.  New rules and forms about how to…


Posted on 13th June 2019

From Start–Up to Finished

As Amazon’s founding couple announce their separation, family law associate, Lynne Sturrock, takes a look at financial settlement on…


Posted on 13th May 2019

The Reality of Surrogacy in Scotland

The media is reporting the news that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are apparently having another baby via a surrogate, having already had a…


Posted on 5th February 2019

Scotland’s New Domestic Abuse Legislation

Domestic abuse can describe a multitude of behaviour, from physical violence to exercising total control over a partner’s everyday life.…


Posted on 12th December 2018

The Future of Civil Partnerships in Scotland

Civil partnerships have featured heavily in the news recently as their future has been called into question by a recent Supreme Court…


Posted on 13th November 2018

Family law expertise grows at Thorntons in Cupar

Thorntons are pleased to announce the appointment of Bridget McGuire as a Senior Solicitor in its family law team. Bridget, who has a…


Posted on 12th September 2018

What's your surname please?

Issued by Border Force, part of The Home Office, the promotional material, “Guide to faster travel through the UK border”, gives certain…


Posted on 8th August 2018

Unhappy marriage is no grounds for Divorce

This week, the Supreme Court has refused to allow Mrs Owens to divorce her husband on the basis that she was unhappy in her marriage. …


Posted on 27th July 2018

Civil Partnerships – The Beginning of the End…….?

Civil partnerships were introduced in Scotland in 2004 at a time where same sex marriage was prohibited.  It allowed same sex couples to…


Posted on 18th July 2018

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