Divorce and Separation Solicitors based in Grantown-on-Spey & Inverness serving the Highlands and Scotland
If you are separating from your partner or going through divorce proceedings, we know how distressing and painful this experience can be. You may be unsure of your rights and worried about the financial consequences and the welfare of your children. With a range of important decisions to be made, it is understandable that you will want reliable and sympathetic support to help you make the best choices for you and your family.
The divorce and separation solicitors at Masson Cairns have over 40 years of experience advising clients who find themselves in this position. We offer a service that is uniquely tailored to your needs and circumstances, with our friendly and approachable team available to give professional, objective advice that helps protect your position during separation or divorce proceedings.
We have offices based in Grantown-on-Spey & Inverness serving the Highlands and Scotland, but we regularly advise clients across the Highlands and beyond. A member of our team will be available to discuss your circumstances in detail and begin plotting a course of action to help you address critical issues and to resolve the situation as quickly and amicably as possible. Speak with us today to find out how we can help.
Divorce Law in Scotland
For a divorce to be granted in Scotland, grounds for divorce needs to be established. It must be shown that the relationship has irretrievably broken down on the basis of:
- Unreasonable behaviour; or
- One year's non-cohabitation with consent; or
- Two years non-cohabitation without consent
The term ‘consent' relates to the spouses' agreeing to the divorce. If both spouses wish this to happen, they can apply to the court for divorce after living apart for one year. If one of the spouses does not agree, it must be shown that they have been living apart for two years.
There are different procedures for divorce depending on whether or not the couple have children under the age of 16. If there are no children, the Simplified Divorce Procedure can be used. This is the cheapest and most straightforward way of getting a divorce, however it is still advisable to speak with a solicitor to prevent issues or disputes arising.
If the couple has children under the age of 16, the Ordinary Cause Divorce Procedure must be used. The couple will be required to demonstrate to the court that they have agreed financial and other arrangements to ensure the welfare of the children. Our solicitors can act on your behalf to negotiate legally binding agreements with your ex-spouse to show that arrangements have been put in place, and which can be relied upon in the future should any disputes subsequently arise.
Contact our Divorce and Separation Solicitors based in Grantown-on-Spey & Inverness serving the Highlands and Scotland
From issues such as the residence of children (formerly known as custody) and child maintenance arrangements to matters such as financial support and ownership of matrimonial property, our lawyers can give clear, straightforward guidance to help you make decisions that are right for you.