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Cath Karlin Family Law


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Cath Karlin
At Cath Karlin Family Law, self- expression and self – identification is a core value. My name is Cath and I use the pronouns she, her and hers.
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I have specialised in Family Law in Scotland for the past 25 years. During that time, I have been a partner in leading Family Law teams across Scotland. 


Increasingly, I found myself doing more administration and supervision and less of the work that I really enjoy: meeting clients. I decided to set up my own practice so that I can better devote my time to client work and structure my day around meeting your needs. I aim to provide you with “big firm” quality with a personal touch.


Over the past 25 years, there really is no family law issue that I haven’t encountered.

I have also helped to change the landscape of how we go about divorce and separation in Scotland and have pioneered a move away from the contentious and acrimonious to the respectful and dignified divorce. I firmly believe that with the right support almost everyone can separate and divorce well. I want you to look back and feel a sense of satisfaction that you did all you could to achieve a good divorce. If you choose to work with me, I believe you can.


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Here are some of the questions I am frequently asked…

Divorce & separation

  • Can I stay in the house if we separate?
  • How will I manage financially?
  • What am I entitled to?
  • What is a separation agreement?
  • Do I need to divorce?
  • Will I need to attend court?
  • When can I get divorced?
  • Is there a difference to the divorce process if we have children under 16?
  • What is a simplified divorce?
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Division of assets

  • What is matrimonial property?
  • Does my spouse have a claim on my business?
  • Can I share in my spouse’s pension on divorce?
  • What can I do to find out what assets my spouse has?
  • Do I need to be divorced before there is a division of assets?
  • What is a pension sharing order?
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Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements

  • I am marrying for a second time- how do I protect my assets ?
  • I want to give my children a deposit for their first home- how do I protect my investment if they separate from their partner?
  • What is the difference between a pre nup and a cohabitation agreement?
  • Are there timing issues I should be considering?
  • Can I enter into an agreement after we are married- is there such a thing as a postnup?
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As more and more couples choose to cohabit before or instead of marrying it is important to know your legal options and the process should you separate. At Cath Karlin Family Law you will receive expert advice on the consequences of cohabitation breakdown whether it is due to separation or death.

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  • What is Residence?
  • What is contact?
  • Does my child have a say?
  • Do unmarried fathers have rights?
  • Do Grandparents have rights?
  • What are parental rights and responsibilities?
  • Who is a court reporter?
  • What is shared care?
  • Who draws up a parenting plan?
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Expatriate divorce

  • I was born in Scotland but have lived abroad with my foreign partner, can we divorce in Scotland?
  • How do I get my child into the UK if our surrogate is abroad?
  • How do we acquire parental rights?
  • What constitutes international child abduction?
  • We didn’t marry in Scotland- can we divorce in Scotland?
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  • How do we enforce a surrogacy agreement?
  • How do I get my child into the UK if our surrogate is abroad?
  • How do we aquire parental rights?
  • What if my surrogate is married- does this make a difference?
  • Who can apply for a parental order?
  • What time limits should I be aware of?
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Civil Partnerships

A civil partnership is a legal partnership between a couple of the same sex, it gives you and your partner the same rights and responsibilities that are held in marriage. Legally there are very few differences between a civil partnership and a marriage, this is because they both carry the same legal rights and responsibilities for the parties involved.

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