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Gibson Kerr Law & Property Although everyone's journey through life is different, we all need to be able to turn to someone we can trust at times for help and advice. As a family-run law firm, our expert and friendly solicitors in Edinburgh and Glasgow are here to help with your legal needs. Whether you're planning ahead, moving home or dealing with changes in your family circumstances, you can trust the team at Gibson Kerr to work with you to get the best results for you and your family.

Our clients benefit from years of experience from our team of Glasgow and Edinburgh-based solicitors. We treat every client as an individual, taking the time to understand your unique situation, so as to best advise you on the steps you should take. Whatever stage your life is at, you can trust our solicitors to guide you through the legal process with expertise, compassion and ease, because we understand that family comes first.

Family life rarely follows a set path and changes in family circumstances such as divorce and separation can have a major impact on children, finances and living arrangements.
Highlights

read more › We have been established in Edinburgh for over a hundred years so we bring continuity and stability to our work. Read about the history of the firm. We are a small team of experts specialising in the three areas of family law, personal law and property. We don't do volume work so every client of ours is important to us. We get to know our clients well so we can offer a tailor made service that is best for you. Our lawyers are experts in their own field with many years of experience and the recognition of training, accreditations, and membership of professional bodies.

read more › The information below is sample information to give you an indication of possible charges, but the best way to find out how much your transaction or case is likely to cost is to telephone us on 0131 202 7516 or 0141 404 0436 or contact us to discuss your specific requirements. If work is being charged based on time spent, the hourly charges we make for different personnel within our structure are as follows. We will normally select the level of fee earner we believe is appropriate for your case, but if you wish to discuss this with us, please ask.

read more › Often the most important issues for you and your partner if you decide to separate are splitting up the property in divorce and finances and how to make the right arrangements for your children's future care. We can help you with these problems. Our divorce solicitors in Edinburgh and Glasgow will clearly explain all your options when it comes to divorce and the law. We will represent your best interests to make sure that you come to a satisfactory settlement regarding your property, money, children and any other issues that arise.

read more › In Scotland there is only one ground for divorce and that is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Our family divorce lawyers are here to help you to find your way through the process of divorce and have offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Often the most important issues for you and your partner if you decide to separate are splitting up the property in divorce and finances and how to make the right arrangements for your children's future care. We can help you with these problems. The division of property on divorce in Scotland is regulated by the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985.

read more › When couples separate, they often have a need to reach agreement on things like the house, savings and monthly support. Often couples will want their financial and property affairs to be regulated when they take steps to separate. This can make things easier and cheaper if and when couples decide to divorce. It also means that people know where they stand in relation to money and the house. In these circumstances a document called a "Separation Agreement" or a "Minute of Agreement" can be drafted and signed.

read more › More people are travelling within the UK, to Europe and further afield for work and personal reasons. We have dealt with many marriage breakdowns where one or both parties are domiciled or resident in different jurisdictions. In these situations we are able to access appropriate legal support to get the best outcome for you. International divorce cases are typically more complex than those taking place within one country. It's important to get legal advice tailored to your individual situation so you know where you stand before proceeding with your case.

read more › The law was altered in 2006 when The Family Law (Scotland) Act came into force, which made a number of significant changes in the law relating to divorce, separation and family life in general. Where a couple live together (common law partner), then household goods which they acquire during that time and which they use in their shared residence, are presumed to belong to them equally. The law also now states that where any money is saved from housekeeping, or if property is bought from housekeeping money, regardless of who provided the money, cohabitants have equal right to share in that money or what has been purchased with it.

read more › Civil partnerships were introduced in the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and many people have taken advantage of the new legislation since then. This allows same sex couples to "marry" and acquire very similar rights to those of married couples. Unfortunately, some of these relationships do break down and then it is possible for the civil partnership to be dissolved. The procedures are much the same as a divorce. Financial disputes are resolved in the same way as those in a divorce between married couples.

read more › A one hour meeting with a specialist in Family Law. During that meeting, in-depth advice will be given on your legal situation and your options for proceeding further. Estimated costings will be given to you for each option available to you. We will identify ways in which you can keep your costs to a minimum as you go through the process. Fiona delicately guided me through my divorce and she made the worst of situations bearable. I was well represented by Fiona Rasmusen and I do highly recommend her for your services, should you need them.

read more › When you've been with your partner for some time, it's important to understand your legal rights whether you're thinking about getting married, entering into a civil partnership or when your circumstances have changed. Gibson Kerr have all the attributes of a prestigious law firm, with the extra benefit of an approachable and friendly service. However, I think their biggest assets are attention to detail and a quick turnaround of any task at hand. Gibson Kerr have recently helped me with the simultaneous sale of a property and purchase of another and - although the time pressure was enormous - I felt they had everything under control at all times.

read more › Moving in with someone is a big decision that many couples take. In the midst of taking such an exciting step in your relationship, your main focus is unlikely to be on what will happen if things don't go to plan and you split up at some point in the future. Because cohabitants now have rights under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006, you may decide to enter into a cohabitation agreement once you and your partner have chosen to live together. A person who is, or was, living with another person as if they were husband and wife, or two persons of the same sex who are or were living together as if they were civil partners.

read more › Our family lawyers in Edinburgh and Glasgow provide expert legal advice on all aspects of civil partnership law and agreements. Civil partnerships in Scotland at the present time are only available to same-sex couples. The introduction of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 changed the law in this regard and same sex couples can now marry. Also, those who had a civil partnership agreement in place prior to this, were able to convert their agreement into a marriage if they so wished.

read more › Prenuptial agreements are no longer solely for the rich and famous. They can be used by couples about to get married or those looking to enter into a civil partnership. People put prenuptial agreements in place so they have some regulation over how their assets are divided up in the event of them getting divorced or their civil partnership being dissolved. When one person has invested significantly more in purchasing a property the property the couple will be living in. When one person is getting married for the second time and has accrued assets as a result of their previous marriage.

read more › Your personal circumstances may change after getting married or entering into a civil partnership agreement. Inheriting a large sum of money from a friend or relative that's going to be used for a property purchase. Being left a property in someone's will that's going to become home for your and your partner/spouse. One person retiring and receiving a pension they built up before they got married/entered into a civil partnership. It's worth noting that properly drawn-up postnuptial agreements are likely to be legally binding in Scotland.

read more › I'd really like to thank you so much (as well as Scott and the rest of your team) for getting me through this dreadful and rather protracted episode. You have all been wonderful, supportive and patient in the midst of all my quandaries and neediness. So, thanks. I'm really grateful for all you have done. Do you need help? I specialise in family law, divorce, separation, child contact and residence, prenuptial agreements and separation agreements.

read more › If parents are married to each other they will both have parental responsibilities and rights in relation to their children. When the parties are not married then the mother has parental responsibilities and rights. The father will have parental responsibilities and rights only if he is named on the birth certificate. The unmarried father who has no parental responsibilities and rights can obtain these either by agreement with the mother or by court order. If a court can be persuaded that it is in the child's best interest that the father be given parental responsibilities and rights then the court will make that order.

read more › Adoption gives a child new legal parents. This also means there is no longer a legal relationship between the child and its birth parent(s). Adopting a child is a big step and it is important that parents adopting a child understand the legal process required. At Gibson Kerr, our family lawyers can help you with the legal documentation and the court procedure to make sure there are no unnecessary difficulties for you or the child. Many adoptions take place when couples marry and one party already has a child, perhaps where the birth parent does not take an active interest in the child.

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