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Divorce Lawyers Glasgow, Scotland

In Scotland, divorce is granted where the marriage has broken down irretrievably and there is no prospect of reconciliation. There are four grounds for divorce in Scots Law:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable Behaviour
  • Separation for one year (this will require the consent of your spouse)
  • Separation for two years (this does not require consent)

If you are going through the breakdown of a relationship, it's important that you gain legal advice as soon as possible. See also our guide to how our family lawyers help clients with high-value divorce in Scotland here. Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards, our dedicated team of experienced, award-winning family lawyers led by Julia Donnelly & Nicola Watson can provide excellent legal advice to assist and provide support to our clients at such times. Our Family Law Partner Julia Donnelly is also accredited as a family mediator by the Law Society of Scotland.

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The law defines adultery as voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person of the opposite sex not being the married partner.  

Unreasonable Behaviour

Unreasonable behaviour can cover a wide range of human behaviour. Essentially you would require to satisfy the court that you find your partner's behaviour was such that you could not reasonably be expected to continue to be married to him/her. 

One Year's Separation with Consent

Where parties have lived apart for one year or more, one of the parties can raise an action of divorce with the consent of the other party. 

Two Years' Separation without Consent

Where parties have been separated for two years no consent is required. Here the law recognises that where spouses have lived apart for such a period of time, this fact alone establishes the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

Simplified Divorces

A simplified divorce process is available where the grounds of divorce on which you are seeking to rely on is one or two years separation. This can only be used however where there are no children of the marriage under sixteen years and there are no financial claims. We are able to provide you with advice in this area and assist you with completing the relevant forms if required.

Divorce Action

Where the simplified divorce procedure cannot be used (for divorce on the basis of adultery or unreasonable behaviour or in circumstances where there are children of the marriage or financial issues to be resolved) then a court action will require to be raised. We understand that the divorce process can be daunting.

Contact our divorce lawyers for Glasgow, Scotland

At Livingstone Brown our team of experienced family law solicitors are here to guide you through the process. We can advise you as to the quickest, most cost-effective way of obtaining the order you seek. Divorce can be a complex field to navigate and we are here to help. Get in touch with our team on 0141 429 8166 or complete our online contact form

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Livingstone Brown is a leading firm of Scottish solicitors. Based in Glasgow, but dealing with cases around the country, the firm has been at the forefront of legal service provision for over thirty years.

If you have a legal problem, getting good quality legal information at the earliest stage can be invaluable. The firm offers a free initial enquiry service; all you have to do is call in, telephone, or e-mail. You won't be charged for your enquiry; we'll let you know by return whether we can help, what we can do, and how much it's likely to cost. We can also offer legal aid where available.

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Led by former senior partner Gerard Brown CBE, who continues as a consultant, the firm has built up an enviable reputation for quality of service and client care.

The firm has won various awards over the years. In the 2019 edition of the prestigious Legal 500 rankings Livingstone Brown was ranked as a 'top-tier' firm for general criminal work, and is also recommended for fraud cases. Stuart Munro and Gerard Brown were named as 'Recommended Lawyers'. In the Chambers directory the firm has a Band 1 ranking for criminal work, and Stuart Munro is a ranked financial crime lawyer. The firm was named Criminal Defence Firm of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2019.

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