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Family Matters - Couples

Family law provides legal rules about responsibilities and rights between couples; and between children, their parents and other people who have an interest in the children's welfare. Over the last 20 years or so there have been major changes in the way families are formed and how people think and feel about families. Families now come in all shapes and sizes, and every family is important no matter how it is formed.

Recent changes in the law in Scotland have reflected the changing nature of the family. These include the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 and the Civil Partnership Act 2004. For more information about these laws, follow the links below.

Follow one of the links to the left if you would like more information about:

  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Cohabitation
  • Separation and divorce (and dissolution of civil partnerships)

For more information about children and parental responsibilities and rights, follow the link below.

Family Matters - Children and Young People

If you are looking for information about what happens to someone's estate (property) when they die, follow the link below to our section on bereavement.

Family Matters - Bereavement