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Legal and court information

This section brings together our publications and guidance on legal and court processes and related issues.  Please note that although we try to ensure that all this information is accurate, we would always suggest you also check with a lawyer if possible.  Researching this information takes a lot of work, and we are very grateful to the student volunteers who have helped us in compiling various items, and to the lawyers and judges who have given us much useful information over the past few years. 

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Representing Yourself in the Scottish Family Courts

A guide for party litigants but also useful for anyone who will be in court.  New edition August 2017.

Child Welfare Reporters Guide

Our guide covers the new arrangements for Child Welfare Reporters introduced in October 2015.  Fomerly called Bar Reports, these independent reports are commissioned by the court in child contact cases.  Our guide explains the system and gives advice about what the Reporter is looking for and how to focus on the best interests of your child.

Equal Parents

Getting information about your children's progress at school or nursery can be tricky for non-resident parents.  This guide outlines the legal rights for fathers with and without Parental Rights and Responsibilities and suggests ways to approach the school.

Helping Children Learn

This is a guide for nurseries, schools and education authorities. It covers the legislation about parental involvement and the position of fathers with and without Parental Rights and Responsibilities as well as the advantages of including both separated parents.

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