how to divorce without ruining your relationship



Accredited family law. Changing the way we divorce. Support and advice

Are you currently looking at your divorce options or are currently in the midst of a divorce? Here at Cath Karlin Family Law, we are on hand to give you expert legal advice and make the process as painless as possible. Cath is an experienced family lawyer in New Town Edinburgh who can provide some of the best legal advice on divorce and family law. Delivering bespoke sessions where she advises you on your options in a clear and concise manner ensures that clients receive exceptional advice in a cost-effective way. 

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With Cath Karlin representing you in your divorce proceedings, you can be sure that your voice will be heard. She ensures that you get what you deserve in a way which will maintain relationships between the members of the divorce. 

Cath ensures a personalised approach to family law to provide friendly and effective legal services in New Town Edinburgh. She understands that it is a difficult time for those involved and gives you the support you need. She ensures that you aren’t rushed through the proceedings and that things happen at a manageable pace. 

We take a holistic approach to divorce, looking to not just give you the divorce you want but to allow you to have a happier life. Your wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do and we want to make sure you have a respectful divorce. To do this, we ensure that we develop long-lasting relationships with clients by putting in that extra contact time with both the client and their family. This has allowed us to act successfully with a number of clients, delivering them a dignified divorce.

If you are going through a divorce in New Town Edinburgh and need legal advice, Cath Karlin is one of the most experienced lawyers in Edinburgh and will fight for you to get the divorce you deserve. Our team is based within central Edinburgh but we offer our services across all districts and the surrounding suburbs. If you need a fixed fee financial plan to get you through the divorce, you are in the right place.

Can you get Divorced in Scotland?

The general rule is that those who were married in the UK and live in Scotland will be able to get a divorce in Scotland. You can only get a divorce in Scotland if you:

  • Meet the residence rules, which are rules about where you live. These rules are complex and are available on the Scottish Court’s website.
  • Have a marriage that’s recognised as valid in the UK.

If you’re not sure if you meet the rules because you got married abroad or one of you lives abroad, Cath Karlin can also help with expatriate divorces.


Cath can help to put you on the right course.

Divorce and Separation in New Town Edinburgh

Coming to the decision to divorce is never easy. It is a life-changing decision that has massive impacts on the lives of you and your family. These effects will be apparent both during the proceedings and long after they are over. It has been likened to a death in the family, as you both invest a large part of yourselves into making a marriage work. Be that a mental investment alongside the financial and physical ones. You often change your lifestyle to fit a relationship, giving up work and potentially moving away from family roots.

Like a death in the family, there are stages of loss and grief to deal with when undergoing a divorce. We at Cath Karlin Family Law understand the psychology behind this and allow you both the time and the support needed for you to tackle these big issues when you’re ready. People will process everything in varying timescales. If you have initiated the separation, you may be feeling a sense of relief as you are able to escape. For others, it can feel as if a sheet has been pulled from underneath them, leaving them in disbelief.

Our New Town family law team ensure that you stay on the right path by providing you with both emotional and legal support. Legal decisions are never made when you are in an emotionally vulnerable state, our team waits till both you and your partner are in the correct state of mind when making decisions about your family’s future. Even though your marital relationship will end after this, you will both still be connected after the event so we try and ensure relationships aren’t destroyed and family foundations remain solid. 

We believe in giving you as much control as possible, both in your divorce proceedings and in your life that follows. That is why we aim to keep divorces out of the court. This keeps you and your partner at the forefront of decisions made about your relationship rather than the court deciding for you. We want you to remain in power. Alongside this, you save a lot of money, time and emotional turmoil when avoiding court proceedings. This allows you more time and money to prepare for your new lives.

Personal and Credible Legal Advice

Make sure you divorce with confidence by hiring Cath Karlin. She is a hugely experienced and respected figure in family law, offering you sound peace of mind knowing you’re in safe hands. She has been at the forefront of family law in Edinburgh and the surrounding regions for over 25 years, bringing you the best quality service.

Cath gives you the best of both worlds, as she has vast experience in high profile cases from her law firm days as well as experience in more personal cases. Due to this, she understands that you need to have adequate face-yo-face time with clients and she ensures she delivers on this, unlike many larger firms. 


Cath can help you keep the costs down

What are My Options for Divorce?

Due to the emotions involved in the process, it will more than likely be overwhelming to go through a divorce. It may feel like there are too many options to choose from or the exact opposite, in where you are feeling forced down one avenue. We are here to show you all the different ways divorce can be done and to find one that best suits your situation. Here are the different ways we can help you:

  • Collaborative practice – an agreement to avoid court and work together with their lawyers to reach an agreement
  • Mediation – a mediator facilitates settlement discussions between the two parties
  • Lawyer negotiation – lawyers negotiate on behalf of the clients
  • Arbitration – an alternative to court where an arbitrator decides for the clients
  • Court – the court resolves the matter and decides what will happen
  • Family law DIY – clients decide on proceedings and outcomes themselves

Family Mediation or Collaboration

The collaborative process allows couples involved to talk our disagreements and reach decisions together about things such as finances, property and children. The main benefit here is that the proceedings stays out of court, saving both time and emotional energy. Court often results in broken relationships and a fortune being spent. 

Another out of court option is mediation. This is where you and your partner work together with a trained and impartial mediator to come to decisions on things such as finances, children and property. The mediator is a fair judge on all decisions being made and discussions but you and your partner will still come to agreements and decisions. We often recommend collaborative divorce practices as it involves you and your partner meeting together with your solicitors, to discuss the issues and try to reach an agreement.

These methods are very effective at having an amicable divorce but both proceedings rely on the partners within the relationship agreeing on the process and wanting it to work. The initial decisions are not legally binding but they are vital for the drawing up of a legally binding agreement.

Separation agreement, divorce advice, court entitlement.

Cath Karlin is an experienced divorce lawyer, who can make sure you have a dignified divorce or separation. Make sure your divorce stays out of the courts and in your control. Find out more about her experience in divorce and separation here.

Does my child have a say. Grandparents rights, parenting plans, separation agreements

This can be one of the most delicate aspects of any divorce. Deciding the child’s residence and contact with another parent will be decided here as well as issues to do with child support and relocation. Find out more about child law here.

Assets my spouse has. Sharing spouse pension. Division of business assets

This will deal with the financial matters of divorce. This can range from monthly commitments, such as mortgages, utility bills and school fees to the division of assets and property. Find out more about the division of assets here.

Experienced in all areas of family law. Scotland. Respectful and dignified divorce

Protect your assets and finances with prenuptial agreements. These are specific financial agreements to be applied in the event of cohabitation agreements are for when cohabiting couples separate. Find out more about the Prenuptial & Cohabitation Agreements here.

Scotland divorce. Extensive Expatriate practice. International law advice

With Edinburgh being an international city, expatriate separation is a very common occurrence. Here Cath advises you on your rights and what happens with your residency status. Find out more about expatriate divorce here.

Enforce a surrogacy agreement, UK and international surrogacy law. Parental rights

Surrogacy agreements deal with issues that arise when parties decide to use a surrogate mother to have a child. It looks at who has parental rights over a child that is not biologically theirs. Find out more about surrogacy agreements here.