We can help guide you through the process of divorce in Scotland. This can be a very stressful time for all parties, however, rest assured we shall support you every step of the way.

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In Scotland there is one ground for divorce of married couples, namely where the marriage has broken down irretrievably. This can be demonstrated by showing that the parties have not lived together as a married couple for more than two years, or one year if both parties consent to the divorce. Alternatively the marriage can be shown to have broken down irretrievably if there is adultery or if unreasonable behavior can be shown. Unreasonable behavior could be, for example, violent or abusive behavior of either a physical or mental nature. It is fair to say that these latter grounds are used less frequently now that the periods for non-cohabitation have been reduced.

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Prior to divorce it is advisable to consider resolving the financial aspects of the separation and to make arrangements in respect of any children of the marriage. Often that is negotiated in advance of a divorce. Where the parties are able to reach agreement on these matters, then a Separation Agreement can be entered into to deal with these points. Thereafter a divorce can proceed, these matters having already been attended to in the Separation Agreement. It may even be possible, in cases like this, to divorce using the simplified DIY procedure where the breakdown is shown by separation for more than 2 years (or 1 year if both have consented).

However sometimes agreement will not be possible and a divorce action would then have to take these matters into account. In cases like this, enforceable orders can be sought from the Court by either party to sort out the financial situation, and to make appropriate arrangements for the children of the family to ensure that their welfare is safeguarded.

All of these issues require careful consideration before divorce is contemplated and we would be happy to have a discussion with you about this and advise you on the best arrangements in your particular circumstances. Where possible we will endeavor to resolve matters for you by negotiation with minimum court involvement.



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As a father that was going through divorce and fighting to see my child, I felt like I was stuck in a battle with no end in sight to which I had almost lost all hope. I was then introduced to McSherry Halliday who’s staff I found to always be so welcoming. They placed me in the extremely good care of Miss Louisa Doole whom along with this company I can not recommend enough. I can honestly say I was truly blessed to have her as my lawyer as she is not only very professional with an impeccable knowledge in her field but also her advice and guidance made me feel so at ease. She was kind, understanding and always willing to help me with any enquiry I may have had. Miss Doole always took the extra time to make sure I understood everything going on, always acted promptly in giving a response and worked hard to gain the best outcome for her client. I cannot thank Miss Louisa Doole enough and am honoured and grateful to have had her on my side. Without hesitation I would highly recommend that anyone seeking legal representation from a company who listens and cares for their clients should contact McSherry Halliday.