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Autumn Blues

For most of us the summer holidays are now a dim and distant memory. The children are back at school, the weather has turned, and the shops are already displaying Hallowe’en and Christmas goodies.

Autumn blues aside, October is a good time to start looking forward to thinking about the arrangements for children over the festive period.

Christmas is a magical time for children, and for those who have parents in separate households, it is important that they are able to spend quality time with all of the people who are important in their lives. It isn’t a case of one size fits all. Much will depend on things like geography, the ages of your children, and other events which are planned. Some families operate a “year about” pattern, so the arrangements for this year may depend on what happened at Christmas 2017. The thing to focus on, is what will work best for your children in their particular circumstances.

It can be very stressful for parents who are unable to reach an agreement, especially for those who need to make an urgent application to the Court in the weeks running up to Christmas, and are unable to make any plans until the Court makes a decision. That situation can also be stressful for the children themselves. However, with some careful consideration at an early stage, factoring in family celebrations and other events and commitments throughout the festive period, it is often possible to agree arrangements with the other parent at an early stage, so that everyone can relax and enjoy this special time.

Whether you have consulted us before or whether you are new to the firm, please do not hesitate to have a chat with one of our expert team if we can assist.

I hope that you all get what you want for Christmas, even if it is just to keep the stress levels to a minimum.


New Year, New Start

As you will often hear New Year is a time when we all consider things we may do differently or change in our lives. So why is that?

Many people view New Year as a time for a fresh start. We are often consulted after New Year by clients looking to change their relationship status.

You may assume I am referring to separation, and we do tend to notice an upsurge in requests for advice about separation and divorce in January; however many people also become engaged at Christmas and just like Harry and Meghan they are planning their wedding. Some decide to cohabit for the first time and are planning where they are going to live. Others might decide to start a family, whether that’s in the conventional way or by looking into adoption or surrogacy.

No matter if you are contemplating ending your relationship or are just starting the plans for it, you are about to embark on some of the most significant financial decisions you may make in your lifetime. You need the right advice.

Emotions may play a huge factor in how you will approach matters. If you have just become engaged or moved in together you will be hoping that the future is rosy. If you are thinking of ending your relationship you may be feeling jaded and sad. You may also be worried about getting expert family law advice.

Finding the right family lawyer for you can be a challenging prospect. At Family Law Matters Scotland LLP we pride ourselves on being approachable and looking at all of the options to achieve tailored solutions. This way you know your family lawyer will not only be able to give you good advice, but also guide you through in a sensitive, practical and cost effective way.

Why not take a look at our team’s profiles and book an appointment if you need advice? The first hour of a consultation with any new client is charged at a reduced rate of £125 plus VAT.

All we do is Family Law and our office is designed around you, the client. So if you want to make an appointment please do so and have a cup of tea and a discussion with one of our expert team.

It could be the first step in your journey of change.

I hope 2018 will bring you closer to whatever is important to you.



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