McIntosh Family Law is a small firm specialising in family law. Our ambition is to provide our clients with specialist professional legal advice regarding family issues in a supportive environment. We will strive to obtain the best possible outcome for you. We have decades of experience dealing with complex financial situations. We understand how difficult, and sometimes traumatic, separation can be whether from a spouse, partner or a child. We are there for you in the most difficult of times and will advise you fully regarding divorce, separation, civil partnership, relocation, adoption and child-related matters and disputes. We are truly proud of our team who are dedicated to you as our clients and in going the extra mile.
The breakdown of any relationship can be one of the most distressing and stressful events in life. We are here to provide experienced specialist legal advice and support to assist you. We will advise regarding the division of property, providing and considering various options available to you. We aim to ensure that you achieve agreement as swiftly and amicably as possible.
Whether it is your wish or that of your spouse divorce can be traumatic. Often, the uncertainty of the future financially, and indeed change itself is very worrying and unsettling. We aim to support you through this and to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family in the manner least destructive of your relationships. We will provide specialist advice in relation to division of matrimonial property and ongoing financial support all in terms of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985.
Your children are your greatest concern, and they are our greatest concern also. Their interests must come first. We need to consider together the impact and effect of any decisions on your children and to prioritise them, assisting them also to move forward and adjust. We need to work together to protect them and ensure a secure and happy future for them. We have a wealth of experience in child-related disputes over contact, disputes over with whom the child or children should reside and in relocation applications.
Many couples choose to protect pre-marital property or gifts which are to be utilised to purchase matrimonial property by entering into a Pre-Nuptial Agreement, or even an Agreement during the marriage. Whilst it is not possible to contract out of the provisions of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985, and subsequent legislation, the Courts are obliged to fully consider the terms of any agreement between the parties in event of a subsequent dispute.
The Collaborative process is one whereby parties can contractually commit themselves to negotiate in a respectful and open manner. In Collaboration, separating couples meet together around the table with each of their Collaborative Lawyers, to enable the negotiation regarding arrangements for the future to take place in a calm and respectful environment. Both parties and their lawyers sign up to a contract confirming that all negotiations will take place in the four-way meetings.
Many couples wish to resolve their arrangements on separation amicably and flexibly, and Mediation is an excellent way of doing so. In Mediation, it is the couple who are in control of all decisions. You and your partner, or spouse, will make informed decisions as to how to move forward. In Mediation, we enable you to express your aims and aspirations for the future for yourselves, and if applicable, for your children. Mediation will assist you to look at all aspects of the future, from both of your points of view.
Nobody knows with certainty what journey lies around the next corner. Sometimes life springs surprises. Perhaps a new employment opportunity beckons but requires relocation. Perhaps for a new relationship to continue, relocation is necessary. If you have children and are a separated or divorced parent, with the children residing with you, you may need the other parent’s permission and would do so to relocate out with the United Kingdom, if he or she has parental rights and responsibilities.
Adoption is a legal process whereby a new status of parent and child is created. These proceedings are strictly confidential. Adoption will give the Adopter or Adopters parental rights and responsibilities in relation to the child, or children. An application can be made by (a) a couple who are married to each other; (b) a couple who are civil partners; (c) a couple living together, either as husband and wife or as civil partners in an enduring relationship.
Grandparents & Grandchildren
Grandparents can apply for parental rights and responsibilities in relation to their grandchildren, or for that matter, great-grandchildren. Sometimes family relationships breakdown and grandparents wish to ensure that they still have contact with their grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. If an agreement cannot be negotiated, a Court action can be raised seeking parental rights and responsibilities, and in particular the parental rights and responsibility of contact.
Please send all enquiries to our Secretary:
Phone: 01224 593100
52-54 Albert Street
Monday - Thursday | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday | 9:00am - 4:00pm
We close for lunch everyday | 1:00pm - 2:00pm