Family Law from Morison and Smith


Adoption

Adoption is the legal process whereby all parental rights and responsibilities of the birth parent(s) of a child are transferred to the adoptive parent(s). Adoption orders can be made in favour of step parents, other relatives or people who have had no prior relationship with the child until the child was placed for adoption by an adoption agency.

A step parent wishing to adopt a child must be resident in Scotland, aged 21 or over and married to, in a civil partnership with or living in an enduring family relationship with the child's mother or father.

Where there is no prior relationship between the child and the adopters, placement is usually made following the child being in the care of the local authority and an assessment being undertaken by the local authority/adoption agency of the suitability of the prospective adopter(s).

As experts in the field with many years of adoption experience, we understand that the whole process (from attending the adoption preparation groups, going through the rigorous assessment process, attending the local authority/adoption agency adoption panel for approval to be adopters, to advice being obtained from the Children's Hearing to support the application right through to making the court application and beyond) can be an extremely challenging and emotional time. We really care about making this process as easy as possible for you by providing supportive advice on the legal and practical aspects of adoption.

The legal effect of an adoption order is that the child is then treated for all purposes (such as child maintenance and inheritance) as if the child was born to the adoptive parent(s). If you are a single person or a couple considering adopting a child, we are on hand to provide you with friendly and expert advice on the full process.

Divorce and Separation

Divorce has to be one of the most stressful events anyone could face in their lifetime. We understand your need for expert legal advice from a professional who knows what you are going through.

There will often be many issues to consider at what is usually a difficult and emotional time. These can include:

  • Making suitable arrangements for children.
  • Dealing with financial and property related issues.
  • The actual legal process of getting divorced.
  • We are focussed on practical solutions and we will always give you realistic advice. It may be that your situation can be resolved by traditional negotiation, but, if not, we have skilled and experienced court lawyers ready to assist you.

Child Related Disputes

Morison and Smith Solicitors have lawyers with expertise in all aspects of child related disputes such as:

  • Residence
  • Contact
  • Financial maintenance of children
  • Child relocation
  • Child abduction

our Lawyers are always on hand to give you helpful, practical advice on your rights and obligations and on your options regarding dispute resolution.

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