Family Law

At Duncan & McConnell we deal with all areas of Family law from the initial dispute to courts actions throughout Scotland.

A significant amount of these actions are urgent and require to be raised immediately. Family law is often one of the most contentious areas of law. At Duncan and McConnell solicitors we strive to provide legal advice which offers pragmatic and practical solutions which are tailored to individual client needs. We regularly advise on all aspects of Family law in Scotland such as; residence, contact, divorce, civil partnership, children’s matters and children’s appeals, parental rights and responsibilities, permanence, adoption, child support and maintenance, Minutes of agreement, Cohabitation Agreements, and Prenuptial Agreements.

At Duncan and McConnell Solicitors we understand that dealing with a family law matter may be a difficult time for you. This may be a time where you are wary of involving a solicitor in your family law matter. We understand the sensitive and emotional elements involved  and  during  this time we will work closely with you to find the best solution available.

At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd our first consultation is always free of charge. At this consultation we will discuss with you your particular needs and will offer you guidance and the options available to you. We will advise you of the appropriate steps which you can take to help resolve your family law matter.

We understand at Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd that you may be cautious of involving solicitors in your legal affairs due to the fear of incurring high legal costs. At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd you may be eligible for Legal Aid.  We operate a Legal Aid system which will be discussed with you at your first consultation. If you do not qualify for Legal Aid all fees are to be discussed with you prior to any work carried out on your behalf.

Residence & Parental Rights & Parental Responsibilities

Residence actions involve securing the child’s placement and may also include securing parental rights and responsibilities in relation to a child. At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we raise residence actions on behalf of clients which may be of an urgent nature and we defend  actions of residence on behalf of clients throughout Scotland. At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we strive to achieve the best results. From an initial discussion to raising or defending a court action, Duncan & McConnell Solicitors will discuss your options with you. This can be an extremely  difficult area of law for clients and at Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we will work closely with you and discuss your case with you regularly to ensure that the best results are achieved.

Divorce & Cohabitation

Divorce is a matter which can be of a sensitive and difficult time in your life which you may have to deal with. This is an area of law which can also be complex. Whether it be discussing your options in relation to a divorce matter or applying for divorce under the simplified divorce procedure or other procedure, at Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd  we strive to achieve and represent each client’s best interests.  When dealing with this area of law, at Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we understand and recognise that each client’s rights and interests are paramount.

At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we deal with divorce matters throughout Scotland whether it be straightforward or complex divorce matters which involve a number of financial implications. Throughout your case we will work closely with you and discuss and negotiate your position regularly to ensure that you receive the best possible advice and vigorously fight for the best outcome.

If you have separated and were not married but cohabiting with another person it is important to recognise that you have particular rights as a cohabitee. At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we will discuss various options available to you in relation to issues such as separation and minute of agreement. We will work in such a way as to promote your position, ensuring that you receive the best possible advice and outcome in relation to your case. At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we regularly advise clients of their rights as a Cohabitee and we strive to reach the best possible solution.

Permanence & Adoption

This area of law can be an extremely upsetting and difficult time for parents, for children and for family members or friends of a child. At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we defend a number of Permanence & Adoption actions as well as raise a number of Adoption actions on a daily basis at courts throughout Scotland. At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we will negotiate your position prior to any court action which may be raised against you and we will challenge and promote your position if matters are raised in court. Whether you require advice in relation to a potential permanence matter or representation at court, at Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd this will be achieved in such a way as to promote your best interests.

We have been involved in appeals against Permanence and Adoption. This is a new procedure which came into force in January 2016. This is an extremely complex area of law which arises from a decision made by the Sheriff court. Throughout this process we will work with you to identify and achieve the best result possible in relation to successfully defending or appealing a decision made by the Sheriff.

Contact

At Duncan & McConnell Solicitors Ltd we understand that contact may be an area of law whereby assistance is required. We offer legal advice and practical advice upon a wide range of contact matters. Whether it be from re-establishing contact with a child or concerns which you may have in relation to on-going contact with a child. We regularly deal with a numerous  contact  actions  in  and  out  of  court  on  a  daily  basis.  At  Duncan  and McConnell Solicitors Ltd we have successfully raised and opposed a number of contact actions.