Author: Ruth Langford

Changes to the Child Arrangements Programme

Changes to the Child Arrangements Programme

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has announced that the CAP orders for private law children proceedings are to be changed. In an announcement dated 21st January 2016, he wrote: In...

Taking the Gender out of Family Breakdown

Taking the Gender out of Family Breakdown

    I have spent the last few months or so looking at the wide variety of self-help and support organisations and groups that exist to help parents when experiencing family breakdown.  For the...

New Book – The Family Law A to Z

New Book – The Family Law A to Z

Recently we published our book The Family Law A to Z, a work which has been gestating for a number of years, and which will finally be available on Amazon Kindle for a very modest £7.50.  ...

180 divorces to be set aside? (or – how many people can you fit inside a post box?)

180 divorces to be set aside? (or – how many people can you fit inside a post box?)

Rapisarda v Colladon 2014   This is a very interesting and unusual case. It involves the Queen’s Proctor making an application to dismiss 180 divorce petitions,  Decree Nisis and Absolutes.  The opening paragraph in...

Time to change the law for cohabitants

Time to change the law for cohabitants

Common law marriage is as much a myth as the Loch Ness Monster, the Tooth Fairy or the Coalition Government introducing tax breaks for married couples.  It simply does not exist, and those couples who are in...

Financial Provision for Co-Habitants after Separation – Scotland

Financial Provision for Co-Habitants after Separation – Scotland

A co-habituating relationship is defined by characteristics that are common for husbands and wives – ie share mutual interests, share a social life, be economically inter-dependant and be regarded as a member of the...

Divorce in Scotland

Divorce in Scotland

Choosing the correct procedure In Scotland there are TWO divorce procedures, the Simplified procedure, and the Ordinary procedure. You can only use the Simplified procedure if there are NO children from the marriage under...