Family Law

The partner-led family law team at MacRoberts is renowned for its calm, pragmatic yet personal approach. We use our exceptional expertise and experience to find effective solutions that help minimise the likelihood of future problems, offering down-to-earth practical advice in an area that calls for sensitivity.

Mindful of delivering value for money without compromising quality of service, we work collaboratively with our clients to help them find the best possible outcome, reach an early settlement and maintain relationships where possible. Our unsurpassed reputation in handling family law matters includes assistance with:

Separation & Divorce Lawyers Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee & Scotland

Deciding to end a relationship or begin divorce proceedings can be one of the most difficult decisions we may ever have to make. In order to commence an independent future, certain matters, such as the financial consequences and child arrangements, will need to be discussed and resolved. We will help you explore your options. Please contact us.

Financial Consequences of Separation & Divorce

No matter how complex financial matters may seem, we can help you protect your wealth or secure your fair share. Where appropriate we can draw on our cross-departmental corporate and financial expertise to protect our clients’ financial security. We are particularly proficient when advising on preserving or making claims in respect of pensions, family businesses and shares in companies based in the UK or abroad.

Child Law (Residence, Contact, Maintenance and Relocation)

Deciding and agreeing child arrangements in a way that safeguards relationships and preserves harmony for the family can be especially challenging when a relationship breaks down. We take a sensitive approach, whatever child law matter our clients may be facing, aimed at helping them to protect, maintain and promote the welfare of their children both in the present and the future.

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Whether you wish to protect your assets or ensure you’re adequately provided for, prenuptial agreements are a prudent, and increasingly common, way for couples to clearly set out, before their marriage, how matters should be dealt with in the event of their separation or divorce. We regularly assist our clients to negotiate and prepare comprehensive and thorough prenuptial agreements that can help avoid costly disputes in the future.

Cohabitation Agreements

Couples who live together and haven’t formalised their relationship through marriage or civil partnership can safeguard their interests with a cohabitation agreement. The agreement will set out how financial matters and child arrangements should be decided in the event their relationship subsequently breaks down, helping to avoid uncertainty and protect against complex disputes in the future.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

We recognise that our clients’ best interests are usually served by resolving disputes without resorting to litigation. We advise on all aspects of Alternative Dispute Resolution including mediation, collaboration and arbitration. Jacqueline Stroud, our Family Law partner, is not only an accredited family law specialist but also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer.

While we make every effort to avoid resolving issues through the courts, if court action is unavoidable, our effective and experienced family law litigators fight tirelessly on our clients’ behalf throughout the entire process.

MacRoberts – Trusted Family Lawyers Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee & Scotland

Drawing on over 45 years combined knowledge and experience, within one of Scotland’s most prestigious independent law firms, the family law team at MacRoberts are leaders in their field.

We recognise that most of our clients want to maintain as much as possible, in terms of their financial security. Using the vast resources and cross-departmental expertise at our disposal, we pride ourselves on finding and implementing innovative, practical solutions for all our clients, whether they are based in Scotland or abroad.

We also understand that expense can be an additional concern, which is why we always aim to keep costs down and are as transparent and upfront as possible about the fees involved. For a free, initial 15-minute consultation, whatever family law matter you may be facing, please contact us.

Our Experience

We have extensive experience of dealing with financial provision on divorce, including for high net worth individuals. We can advise on both preserving and making claims in respect of pensions, family businesses and shares in companies. At all times, you will find us professional, approachable and able to offer straightforward advice.

We make every effort to avoid resolving issues through the courts.  However, if court action is unavoidable our effective and experienced litigators can support you through this process.

We recognise that in these most difficult of times, paying legal fees will be an additional concern. We therefore offer a fixed fee for a first meeting.  Whatever your situation, we can offer you sensitive, cost effective, expert advice.

Glasgow Office
0141 303 1100

Edinburgh Office
0131 229 5046

Dundee Office
01382 339 340


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