UPDATE on Deprivation of Liberty (DOLs) cases between Scotland and England and Wales

* UPDATE * The Extra Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session issued a Note shortly before Christmas in the case of City of Wolverhampton Council and ors… Read more

Recognition of Parenthood across borders

On the very day that the European Commission Stakeholder meeting on the Recognition of Parenthood took place, the CJEU determined the ‘baby Sarah’, Stolichna obshtina, rayon ‘Pancharevo’ case. Read more

Current state of play in Deprivation of Liberty (DOLs) cases between Scotland and England and Wales

BACKGROUND: There is a shortage of suitable placements for vulnerable children in England and Wales who are subject to a deprivation of liberty order (DOL) granted in England or Wales. Read more

Surrogacy- Parental Orders in Scotland. What is going on?

Many will have seen the positive press coverage today (such as here) around surrogacy and parental orders arising from the research carried out by Dr Kirsty Horsey at the University… Read more

The Role of the Edinburgh Agent in a Post-Pandemic world

I have been reflecting on the decision of Lady Wise in HAJ -v- NJ & Others published last month. Read more

Civil Partnership- a New Option for Straight People

The first opposite sex civil partnerships can take place in Scotland from today and I can see that at least one couple are now officially empartnered- a couple from Fife,… Read more

Taking Account Of The Views Of Children and M v C

In court actions relating to children the practice of seeking the child’s views before a decision is made is well established. Read more

Be Part Of Shaping The Law!

Attention to detail is often the difference between something good and something great. Read more

From Family Mediation Lothian to Family Journeys - The Way Ahead

Family Mediation Lothian, or FML as it was often called, has long been recognised and relied upon as a valuable resource, most particularly, for the provision of contact centres and… Read more

A Woman’s Work is Never…… Properly Quantified on Divorce?

There was a flurry of media comment recently about a judgment in a Chinese divorce case in which a Beijing divorce court ordered a man to compensate his wife for… Read more

Scots Law Incorporates the UNCRC- Time to Revisit the Age to Marry?

Today the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to incorporate the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) into Scots law. Read more

Tackling the thing that you're dreading...

This week I came across the concept of the “ugh field”. Read more

Legal Aid in Child Law Arbitration- Nearly There!

Just in time for the tenth birthday of FLAGS (the Family Arbitration Group Scotland) next month, earlier this week we saw a huge development in arbitration in child law matters. Read more

Family Law after Brexit- Jurisdiction in the UK, in Divorce and Cohabitation cases

[This post first appeared in Scottish Legal News on 12th January 2021 and can be found here] There are advantages to having a bit of age on you when you’re a… Read more

Legal Aid for FLAGS Family Law Arbitration?

In the minutes following the passing into law of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 it's curious to be saying that we can't be completely sure whether we are going to have… Read more

Children (Scotland) Bill- soon to be Act

The Children (Scotland) Bill goes before the full Parliament today for the final vote on the detailed amendments and on whether the Bill will become law. Read more

After the lock down – a view from Switzerland with Gabriela van Huisseling (English version)

As Stephanie said in her recent anglo/french blog post we are often consulted in family law cases that have a cross jurisdictional element. Read more

Nach Abschluss des "Lockdown" – eine Perspektive aus der Schweiz mit Gabriela van Huisseling (auf Deutsch)

Wie Stephanie kürzlich in ihrem Englisch/Französisch Blog erläutert hat, werden wir oft in Fällen mit länderübergreifender juristischer Zuständigkeit konsultiert. Read more

Civil Partnerships for All in Scotland

A "unique, special and personal moment" was how Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan described registration of their civil partnership at the turn of 2020. Read more