New research by Royal London has highlighted that despite the recent rise in the number of couples choosing to cohabit rather than marry, many existing financial provisions, such as tax breaks and state pension rights, are only available to those who are legally married.
One possible area of conflict that can arise when parents separate or divorce is the payment of financial support, or child maintenance, for any children from the relationship.
Case comment on the Petition of YG v EEP  CSOH 75
On the 10th of May 2017 a Swedish man (YG, the petitioner) was granted a Court order for the return of his eight year old daughter to Sweden following her wrongful removal from Sweden to Scotland by her mother (EEP, the respondent).
A recent decision by the Court of Appeal in England has sparked a degree of controversy after judges rejected a woman’s divorce application. This decision highlights the critical need for English family law reform and demonstrates a significant difference in how we approach divorce in Scotland.
The Outer House of the Court of Session has recently given its decision in a difficult case relating to international parental child abduction.
An interesting piece of research has recently been released that reveals many parents are reluctant to leave an inheritance, or give other forms of financial help, to their children once they are married out of fear that the marriage may end in divorce.
The number of marriages ending in divorce is falling on either side of the Atlantic, according to recently released figures from the UK and the United States.
With parents’ demanding, varied and ever-changing work schedules, the need for alternative child care arrangements is on the rise, with many parents becoming reliant upon childminders, family and friends now more than ever. The recent decision of Craig Anderson v John Imrie and Antoinette Imrie highlights the importance of considering the “what if” scenario in terms of parental supervision whilst other children are in your care.
It may seem a while ago, but in November 2014 and following the Scottish independence referendum, the UK and Scottish Governments agreed to change the devolved settlement for Scotland. This was set out in the Smith Commission Report. The recommendations made by the cross-party commission chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin recommended further powers be devolved to the Scottish Parliament in areas such as income tax, welfare payments and voting rights. Some of those changes will come into force as of April next year such as the devolution of income tax and the setting of Air Passenger Duty.
The separation of celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has been very much in the spotlight over the past few months.
Each new development, from the initial announcement of the split, to speculation over the existence of a prenuptial agreement, to discussions over possible custody arrangements has been reported and discussed in the media at great length.