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‘Wholesale Review’ of Scottish Family Law May Be Needed

Holyrood’s Justice Committee recently published a review of the Family Law Scotland Act 2006 and concluded that a complete review of Scots family law may be necessary in the next session of Parliament.

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Recent Case Demonstrates the Importance of Guardianship Orders

A recent Court of Session case has demonstrated the importance of Guardianship Orders when someone becomes unable to take care of their own affairs.

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Civil Partnerships for Heterosexual Couples?

A heterosexual couple have lost their legal battle to be allowed to enter into a civil partnership. Rebecca Steinfeld, 34, and Charles Keidan, 39, are both academics who live in Hammersmith, west London and are engaged and have been in a relationship for over five years. The couple also have a young son together.

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Succession (Scotland) Bill Passes Final Stage

Succession law touches the life of every person in Scotland as most people will inherit something over the course of their lives and most people will leave some money or possessions behind when they die. Succession law in Scotland has long been accused of being out of step with modern society and in dire need of reform.

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Gary Lineker Granted a 'Quickie' Divorce

Last week the former Leicester City, Barcelona and England striker, Gary Lineker, announced that he was divorcing his wife, Danielle Bux, who he had been married to since 2009. Lineker had previously been married to Michelle Cockayne, who he had four children with.

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Glasgow Divorce Statistics Revealed in New Government Survey

The Scottish Government recently released statistics on divorce rates throughout Scotland. The data came from the Scottish Survey’s Core Questions which pooled three major surveys. With 21,000 people interviewed, this is one of the largest surveys of its kind in Scotland and hopes to produce unprecedented insights into the lives of Scots.

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New Scottish Government Framework on Palliative Care

Last week the Scottish Government published the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative Care and pledged that palliative care will be available to every Scot, regardless of the patient’s age, diagnosis or postcode. The Scottish Government has invested £3.5 million in this policy and have set out their plans for the next 5 years.

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Who is to Blame in Divorce?

Divorce is often portrayed as combative, aggressive and adversarial. Currently in England and Wales, divorcing couples need to prove the irretrievable breakdown of their marriage through adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, two years separation with consent or five years separation without consent. Many people believe this system makes it difficult for separating couples to have a constructive and collaborative divorce. This is not the case in Scotland where it is easier to divorce in a way that does not require you to apportion blame on your former partner.

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Why You Should Write a Will

Succession law is an area of law that we can all be sure we’ll come into contact with. At some point, most of us will inherit from parents or a spouse and we will all leave something behind when we die.

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Russian President’s divorce confirmed

Officials have confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife of thirty years, Lyudmila Putina, have divorced, reports the BBC. The announcement was not unexpected – the couple revealed in June last year that they were splitting up.

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