how to divorce without ruining your relationship



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

Cath Karlin Family Law delivers bespoke divorce and separation advice in a clear and concise manner to ensure that clients receive exceptional advice in a cost effective way. With a reputation for professionalism, quality of service and a personal approach. Our aims are simple: to provide friendly and effective legal services in Cramond Edinburgh, recognising that our clients require not only good advice, but also support with a personal touch.

At Cath Karlin Family Law, we take pride in developing long lasting relationships with our clients. Client care is at the heart of everything that we do. We take the time to get to know our clients, their family and their needs and this has enabled us to act successfully for several generations of family clients. Our testimonials confirm this.

If you are looking for divorce advice and legal support in Cramond Edinburgh, Cath Karlin is one of the most experienced lawyers in Edinburgh and will work with you to achieve a dignified divorce. Cath is based in central Edinburgh but offers services across all districts and suburban regions. If you need a fixed fee financial plan to get you through the divorce, you are in the right place.

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Can you get divorced in Scotland?

Generally, most people 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 – rules about where you live. These rules are complex and are available on the Scottish Courts 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 Cramond Edinburgh

Divorce and separation can be one of the most stressful and difficult experiences someone can go through, no matter what age or length of the marriage. You invest a large part of your mental and physical commitments to making a marriage work. You often change your lifestyle to fit a relationship, giving up work and potentially moving away from family roots.

Going through a divorce is like no other feeling, meaning that people process emotions differently and 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 you in disbelief.

In Cramond, it is the divorce solicitors job to keep you on the right path, giving sound legal advice and preparing you during the emotional journey. At Cath Karlin Family Law, our aim is to ensure that both parties are in a suitable emotional state to make important decisions about their future is vital, without destroying relationships and family foundations. Staying out of court is our number one priority; saving you money in court fees, reducing your emotional toll and saving you time by avoiding the court process.

Personal and Credible Legal Advice

Cath is a highly respected family lawyer with years of expertise, meaning you are 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 decided to open her own practice, allowing her to spend more time with her clients as she wasn’t getting this at larger law firms. If you want a  face-to-face service, with genuine compassion and empathy, please get in touch today.



Cath can help you keep the costs down

What are my Options for Divorce? 

When going through a divorce, there are a number of different avenues you can take:

  • 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 decided 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

Family mediation and collaborative practice are two ways of helping couples who are separating or divorcing to sort out disagreements and reach decisions about things like finances, property and children, without having to go to court. Cath Karlin actively encourages and supports you to plan out how you want your divorce to be settled, with the least emotional damage.

To use either of these options, both partners in the relationship have to be willing and compliant. Any decisions made are not legally bound, but may help you to start drawing up an agreement.

Mediation involves you working together with your partner and a trained, impartial mediator, to reach an agreement. Cath Karlin often recommends collaborative practice involves you and your partner meeting together with your solicitors, to discuss the issues and try to reach an 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.