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Family Law in Scotland

Family Matters

Family law in Scotland is a broad area of the law that covers topics such as: family

  • Marriage, civil partnership and cohabitation
  • What happens when a relationship ends
  • Relationships between parents and children
  • Inheritance and succession
  • Gender recognition

There are also useful links to other organisations that can provide information, advice, and support.

Current work on family law

Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill​

John Finnie MSP introduced this Bill to the Scottish Parliament on 6 September 2018.  The Scottish Government has published information about the Bill, the current law, and its work in this area.​​

Civil partnership in Scotland

The Scottish Government is consulting on options for the future of civil partnership in Scotland.

Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

The Scottish Government is reviewing the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

Review of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

The Scottish Government is reviewing the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 to ensure the interests of children and their need to form and maintain relationships with key adults in their lives – parents, step-parents, grandparents and other family members – are at the heart of any new statutory measures.