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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

  • How do I get a divorce in Scotland?
  • How much does a divorce cost in Scotland?
  • How long do you have to be separated before divorce in Scotland?
  • What is a simplified divorce?
  • Do I need a separation agreement to get a divorce?
  • How long does it take to get a divorce?
  • Why is it best to keep divorce out of court?
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Division of assets

  • What is matrimonial property?
  • How much matrimonial property am I likely to get?
  • How we go about the asset split in divorce settlements?
  • Spousal support – aliment and maintenance payments
  • Periodical allowance- regular payments post divorce
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Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements

  • A Prenuptial Agreement
  • Postnuptial Agreements and Post Civil Partnership Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
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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 A Residence Order
  • What is a contact order?
  • Does my child have a say?
  • Who can apply for a child order?
  • Do I need permission to relocate with my child under Scottish law?
  • How is child support calculated?
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Expatriate divorce

  • Do I Need to Divorce in Another Country?
  • When can you get a divorce in Scotland?
  • Domicile v. Habitual residence
  • Other services
  • Child abduction
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  • Who can be a prospective parent?
  • How do I plan for surrogacy?
  • How do I acquire parental rights and responsibilities?
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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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