how to divorce without ruining your relationship



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

Are you currently going through a divorce or considering it and need advice? Cath Karlin is on hand to help you make the process as painless as possible. She is an experienced family lawyer who can provide you with some of the best advice in the industry. She delivers bespoke divorce and separation advice in a clear and concise manner to ensure that clients receive exceptional advice in a cost-effective way.

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Make sure your concerns are heard in your divorce proceedings as Cath ensures a personalised approach to family law. 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. Our aims are simple: to provide friendly and effective legal services in Stockbridge, recognising that our clients require not only good advice, but also support with a personal touch.

Cath Karlin and the team believe that developing long-lasting relationships with our clients will help us deliver them not only a dignified divorce, but also a happier life. Your wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do and we want to make sure you have a respectful divorce. We go above and beyond to get to know our clients better than other law firms, by putting in that extra contact time with both the client and their family. We believe this has enabled us to act successfully for several generations of family clients. Our testimonials confirm this.

If you are going through a divorce in Stockbridge 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 Stockbridge

The process of divorce is a life-changing event that has huge ramifications both immediately and after the proceedings. 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. These can all have a profound effect on your life and require the necessary time to process. Cath Karlin and the team understand the psychology behind this and therefore allows you the time to process and tackle the divorce proceedings 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 Stockbridge family law team ensure that you stay on the right path, by giving you both emotional and legal support. We make sure all decisions made by you are when you are no longer in an emotionally vulnerable state. Our mission is to make sure that both you and your partner are in the correct state of mind when making decisions about your future. Your lives both continue after this process 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

Go into your divorce full of confidence with Cath Karlin. She is one of the most experienced and respected figures in family law and she will offer you with peace of mind knowing that 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 has experience both in high profile cases from her days in law firms as well as more personal cases. This is because she decided to open her own firm to ensure she has that face-to-face time with clients that she missed when practising at larger firms. She now ensures that she delivers a personalised 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?

It may be overwhelming when you are about to go through your divorce due to the range of emotions you’ll be feeling. You may feel either that there are too many options and that you cannot decide or the opposite may happen and you can assume that only one avenue is open to you. 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

Two methods of divorce that we frequently practice is family mediation and collaborative practice. We practice both of these methods as it allows the two parties have a say on the divorce rather than the courts.

Collaboration allows couples 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.

Mediation is when you and your partner work together with a trained and impartial mediator. This allows you to have a fair judge on all decisions, but still come to your own agreement and decision. 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.

For either of these methods to work, both partners within the relationship must agree and be compliant with the process. 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.