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Family Lawyers in Glasgow, Scotland

Family Law Solicitors Glasgow

family divorce child lawyers glasgow scotlandFamily issues and disputes can cause acute distress and anxiety. However, you may be surprised by the variety of options available to you. Led by our experienced divorce lawyers, Jonathan KeeCameron Shaw, Ruairdh Leishman, Danielle Stevenson and Nicola McGuire. Our sympathetic team of family law solicitors will assess your circumstances and provide guidance to ensure that you take the best course of action to resolve the situation.

Whether your concerns relate to the residence (custody) of your child; cohabitation; separation; divorce; the ownership of the matrimonial home; or any other financial matters; we offer objective, reliable and clear advice and will steer you through the entire process to a satisfactory resolution.

For a confidential discussion about your case with one of our Team, please contact us here or call us on 01413751222. 

Why Choose Jones Whyte Law's Family Law Team?

  • Committed to finding the best, most effective solution for you and your family
  • Experienced, professional, approachable and empathetic
  • Members of The Family Law Association of Scotland
  • Sympathetic, client-focused solicitors
  • Glasgow-based (our headquarters are on Bath Street), operating throughout Scotland
  • Competitive rates, with fixed fee options available

Separation & Divorce Legal Advice & Representation 

When a relationship breaks down, you will often be faced with a number of very difficult financial and personal decisions, none of which are easy to make but will impact significantly upon your future. No matter your individual circumstances, early advice is essential to give you peace of mind, certainty about your rights and ensure that you are separating on fair terms.

At Jones Whyte Law, our specialist family law solicitors know that you need an objective and reliable advocate to fight your corner and advise you of the consequences. Our legal experts will offer all the support you need in order to facilitate your separation and, at the same time, protect your interests.

The circumstances surrounding the separation can often be extremely upsetting and one person may be acting in an abusive or threatening manner. If that applies to your situation, please contact us straight away.

You can also read more from our divorce & separation lawyers in Glasgow here and find out more about Jones Whyte on netmums here. To speak to one of our family lawyers today, please contact us here.

Pre-nuptial, Cohabitation & Separation Agreements

It may seem more pragmatic than romantic, but couples are increasingly entering into agreements that set out how matters will be dealt with should their relationship come to an end. Whether you are married, cohabiting or in a civil partnership, such an agreement allows you to safeguard your interests if the relationship breaks down. This is particularly relevant for cohabiting couples, who only have limited rights compared to married couples and civil partners. Early advice, no matter the circumstances, is crucial.

At Jones Whyte Law, our specialist family law solicitors have drafted many such agreements that allow couples to minimise future disagreement and costs. Whether you want to clarify how financial assets will be distributed or arrangements for children will be decided, we can help you to negotiate and draft an agreement that protects your interests. Read more about these various types of legal agreements and how our family law solicitors can help you with each through the following pages:-

Child Residence & Contact (Custody & Access)

Legal disputes involving children can be particularly sensitive and distressing, both in terms of the numerous protections the law puts in place for the welfare of the child and the raw emotion involved. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent or other relevant person in a child’s life, we can help you protect and maintain that child’s welfare. Amongst other things, we have vast experience assisting with:

At Jones Whyte Law, our specialist child law solicitors are able to offer pragmatic advice whilst remaining sensitive to the emotional toll such disputes can place on you. We have vast experience assisting our clients to get the best possible outcome for them and the children they care about. Please contact our specialist family law solicitors for an initial discussion.

Funding Family Law Cases

We appreciate that the costs associated with instructing a family lawyer can be uncertain or prohibitive. This is why we offer very competitive private rates or Legal Aid to those who are eligible. We guarantee that our costs will always be transparent and also offer flexible payment plans.

Divorce Lawyers 

At Jones Whyte Law, we understand that separating from your partner or divorcing your spouse can be a difficult and distressing experience and that you may be unsure of your rights. Our knowledgeable family law team, led by famiy lawyers Jonathan KeeCameron Shaw and Nicola McGuire are able to provide you with expert advice and assistance to guide you through the process as smoothly and with as little stress as possible.  

Why Choose Jones Whyte Law's Family Law Team?

  • Committed to finding the best, most effective solution for you and your family
  • Experienced, professional, approachable and empathetic
  • Members of The Family Law Association of Scotland
  • Sympathetic, client-focused solicitors
  • Glasgow-based (our headquarters are on Bath Street), operating throughout Scotland
  • Competitive rates, with fixed fee options available 

For a confidential discussion about your case with one of our Team, please contact us here or call us on 0141 413 5917

Separating from Your Partner - Key Considerations

When separating from your partner, whether you are married or otherwise there are often a number of matters which require attention. The most noticeable of these are arrangements for children (see our guide to child contact/custody here) and financial matters. 

Whether you are married, cohabiting or in a civil partnership, it is important to know your rights should the relationship come to an end. It's particularly important for cohabiting couples to know that they only have one year from the date of separation to make any financial claims. Regardless of the circumstances, early advice is crucial. We offer Legal Aid or competitive private rates in the event that you do not qualify for Legal Aid.

Below are various additional guides to separating or divorcing in Scotland, including a guide to the main differences between divorce law in Scotland and England.

Divorce Law in Scotland

In order to divorce from your spouse, you need to establish grounds for divorce. In Scotland, a divorce can be sought where the relationship has broken down irretrievably. This is established on the basis of:

  • Adultery; or
  • Unreasonable behavior; or
  • One year’s non-cohabitation with consent; or
  • Two years non-cohabitation without consent.

In the event that you do not have any children under the age of 16 and do not seek any orders in relation to financial provision, you can apply to the Court for what is known as a Simplified Divorce. This is the quickest and cheapest option available. However, it is still advisable that you use the services of a Solicitor to prevent unnecessary complication and to ensure you are aware of your full rights.

A different procedure applies if there are children of the relationship under the age of 16. In such circumstances, you will require applying to the Court for an Ordinary Cause Divorce. The procedure involved here is more complex and the Sheriff will need to be satisfied in respect of the welfare of the child and that no financial orders are sought. In the majority of cases where there is no dispute in relation to the child’s welfare, matters can be addressed by way of Affidavit evidence.

Advice on the Financial Aspects of Divorce

In respect of financial matters, a separation agreement with your spouse or former partner is beneficial for the purposes of Divorce. As most matters are resolved within this agreement it means that when it comes time to apply for a divorce through the courts, this can be lodged as a production ultimately reducing your costs when compared with seeking the Court to resolve financial matters.

The circumstances surrounding the separation can often be extremely upsetting and one person may be acting in an abusive or threatening manner. If that applies to your situation please contact us straight away.

Given the current financial climate, more and more separating couples do try to resolve matters amicably, particularly if there are children involved.

No matter what your circumstances are, early advice can provide you with peace of mind and certainty about your rights and ensure that you are separating on fair terms.

Separation Agreement / Minute of Agreement Legal Advice in Glasgow, Scotland

A Separation Agreement, more formally known as a ‘Minute of Agreement’, is a legal agreement between two spouses or cohabitants which can regulate a broad range of issues such as:

Most situations require both parties to sign a Minute of Agreement narrating what has been agreed. This is a legally binding document and you should obtain legal advice if there are assets to deal with. Whether you are at the stage of agreement or otherwise it is advisable to work toward having a Separation Agreement drawn up with the help of a Solicitor who can advise you of your rights. Our team can assist in the drafting of a Schedule of Matrimonial Assets and Liabilities whilst applying the appropriate law to ensure a fair agreement is reached.

Differences between Family Law in Scotland and England

It is important to note that there are significant differences between Scots family law and family law in the jurisdiction of England & Wales.

Generally speaking, the divorce procedure is more complicated and lengthy under English law compared to Scottish law. Ultimately, a person who files for a divorce under Scots law could have a great advantage if his or her spouse has considerable matrimonial assets. However, a person who requires maintenance may have an advantage if the divorce is filed in England. Our expert divorce solicitors can guide you through the best ways to proceed depending on your own circumstances.


“I am grateful to the family law department at Jones Whyte for fighting my corner to secure me regular and happy contact with my children following a difficult time in my life”

David D


Contact Family Law Team - Jones Whyte Law

We’re a team of sympathetic, client-focused solicitors, who pride ourselves on providing innovative and effective solutions. With family law solicitors based in Glasgow and operating throughout Scotland, we provide legal services tailored to your needs and budget, with fixed fee options available.

For a confidential discussion about your case with one of our Team, please contact us here or call us on 01413751222. 

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