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Coronavirus Lockdown: Help, My Ex Still Has My Child

With Coronavirus lockdown expected to stay firmly in place across the country for several weeks to come, you may find yourself revisiting a discussion or agreement with regards to split parenting that originally started when locking down officially began in March.  As before, approach this discussion with your ex-partner in a calm and reasonable manner.

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How To Deal With An Abusive Partner During Coronavirus

There are no doubt many people in a challenging situation during COVID-19 lockdown. If your circumstances involve an abusive partner, the team at Cath Karlin Family Law would like to share some genuine advice and reassurance. We know it’s not easy to handle this situation even outside of lockdown so we want to offer as

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Advice On Co-Parenting During Coronavirus

Today and over the coming weeks and perhaps even months, society is facing worrying and unprecedented times with the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), especially when it comes to co-parenting during Coronavirus. The UK and Scottish governments have made clear social distancing guidelines to help the NHS and save lives. This means that individuals must not

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What Happens to Property Owned Before Marriage During a Divorce?

Married couples often buy a property and a range of other assets together, but what happens to property that was owned before the marriage began if the couple decides to divorce? Many people in the UK are uncertain about who gets ownership of pre-marital assets in divorce cases and knowing what happens to property owned

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Marriage Story: A Cautionary Look at Divorce Lawyer Selection

Marriage Story is the latest Netflix film to sweep the world. This film is a self-reflective piece on how a marriage can end but a family can endure. Every generation or so there is a big divorce movie. We all remember Kramer v. Kramer. It was interesting to compare both movies. What is clear is

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How to Survive Christmas During a Divorce

Christmas is seen primarily as a time for family and loved ones and is a magical time of the year for children. There is the anticipation of the presents they may receive, the relief of having a few weeks off school and the excitement of seeing friends and family.  This makes it a particularly difficult


Mother and Father Rights in Getting Child Custody

Accustoming yourself with the right information regarding child custody information is absolutely vital for any parents going through a separation. Certain elements of the divorce process can differ by location – which is why it’s important to be fully equipped with the facts when going through a divorce in Edinburgh. Investing in the services of

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Advice on Child Law and Relocation for Expatriates in Scotland

As an expatriate living and working in Scotland, it is important to know and understand the legal implications of bringing your children to Scotland and moving your children from Scotland. This is to avoid breaching domestic laws and international child abduction regulations. In order to move a child outwith Scotland when they are habitually resident

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How Matrimonial Property is Divided in Scotland

The division of assets details the decision made over what happens to the money and property between a couple when a marriage or civil partnership ends. If a court is asked to make a ‘financial order’, then a judge will make the decision regarding how these assets or matrimonial property will be divided. The factors

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How Do You Get A Divorce In Scotland?

Before going through the divorce proceedings in Scotland, it must first be established whether the Scottish courts have jurisdiction of the case and thus have the necessary authority to legally carry it out. In general, the majority of people married or in civil partnerships in the UK and living in Scotland will be able to

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What is the Real Cost of a Divorce in Edinburgh?

Whether you are about to begin the divorce process or it’s just an idea that you are currently toying with, you have probably considered how much it’s going to cost you. There are a lot of things that make up the cost of a divorce such as the court fees and hiring a specialist lawyer,

How Will Brexit affect cross-border divorce in Scotland

Will Brexit Effect ‘Cross-Border’ Divorce in Scotland?

There’s a huge amount of uncertainty currently around what the UK’s Brexit deal will look like when we leave the EU in March 2019 (if a deal is agreed). This uncertainty spreads across all industries, from employment and income to divorce and overseas travel. How will Brexit affect the legal process when obtaining a divorce,

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How To Find The Right Divorce Lawyer In Edinburgh For You

Finding the right divorce lawyer in Edinburgh can be a stressful experience. Divorce and separation proceedings are an incredibly difficult time for all parties involved and can be an exhaustively stressful and emotional experience. Seeking advice can be overwhelming, particularly if you have a limited knowledge of the proceedings around a divorce. Each individual situation

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Custody & Divorce In Scotland

What is best for your child? Custody is now referred to as “Residence” in Scots Law​ The law doesn’t really give any guidance as to where the children should live or how much time a parent should spend with a child. This can be made even more complicated in international divorce and expat divorce cases.

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What Does Divorce And Separation Mean For Your House

When you separate or divorce one of the main concerns is who will get to stay in the house. It is of course always better to agree than have the court impose an order. Seek the best advice from specialists in Family Law Edinburgh. Who gets the house? What happens to the house depends on

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Save Money With a Budget Divorce in Edinburgh

A budget divorce doesn’t have to lack quality. A lot of people think that a DIY divorce will save them money, often the opposite can be the case. Calm thoughts before the storm​ You should think of your divorce as something that you are going to live with for the rest of your life. It’s

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Types Of Divorce & Family Law Court Process

The process of getting divorced in Scotland varies depending on what you need the court to do and whether or not you have children under 16. There are many different types of divorce and different court processes to go with them. Family Law Edinburgh Specialists can guide you through the court process and explain every

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How Much Does a Divorce Cost?

The cost of a divorce in Edinburgh can vary enormously depending on your particular set of circumstances, your attitude and the attitude of your spouse. A Cheap Divorce​ The cheapest divorces are generally those where there are either limited or no assets, no children and where, through nobody’s fault, the marriage just hasn’t worked out and

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Divorce and Separation Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful

Whether it’s something you’ve been wanting to do for a while or it has been sprung on you out of nowhere, the immediate assumption is that divorce and separation are stressful. In fact, a lot of people delay splitting from a partner simply because they can’t bring themselves to take on the daunting task of

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Why It’s Best to Keep a Divorce Out of Court

When you’re in the process of divorcing, you’re not going to be in the best place emotionally to make the important decisions that court proceedings will require you to make. Plus, going to court is surely the last thing that you’ll want to do when you’re worried about organising the division of assets and childcare.

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Assessment of Sustainability of Collaborative Law

Introduction This assessment is to help you assess if Collaborative Law would be of benefit. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with these statements using the following numbering system: Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral (or doesn’t apply) Agree Strongly Agree   My ability to achieve a successful outcome in the divorce primarily will depend



Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law
Accredited CALM mediator
Trained Collaborative Lawyer
Trained  arbitrator
Member family law association
Chambers ranked
Legal 500 ranked
Member international academy of Collaborative professionals
Fellow of the international academy of family lawyers

Positions held :
Co – editor Family Law Bulletin
Treasurer and former chair of Consensus Collaboration Scotland Secretary of the European Network of Collaborative Professionals
Former board member and secretary of the international academy of Collaborative professionals
Former board member Relationships Scotland


Consensus Collaboration Scotland is an organisation of Scottish lawyers, family consultants and financial specialists.