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Scottish Government Consultation on Family Law Closes This Month

In May 2018, the Scottish Government opened a consultation to review current practices in family law. Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act was written in 1995, and ministers now believe it is time to review and modernise it to effectively put children at the heart of the process.

In order to seek the public’s opinion on several new amendments and additions to the existing law, the Scottish Government has been inviting members of the public to give their thoughts on a range of different aspects of family law, including:

  • regulation of child contact centres,
  • protection for domestic abuse victims, and
  • family mediation.

This process aims to ensure that children’s welfare is prioritised whenever families break up. Changes to family dynamic can be difficult for children, and the consultation seeks to make sure that families and children have a say in the new laws set out to protect their interests. The Government has even published a child-friendly version of the consultation questions to allow children and young people to share their first-hand experiences.

The consultation will close on the 28th September 2018, leaving just a few weeks to participate in the online consultation and express your opinion on the current state of Scotland’s family law. After this, the Government will review the existing Children (Scotland) Act, with the potential of adjustments being made. This should result in a new family law process which is more responsive to the needs of families and children across Scotland.

Contact our specialist Family Law Solicitors Glasgow, Scotland

For expert legal advice on this subject, and other issues involving children, then contact our specialist family lawyers today.