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Divorce and family law

Divorce and family law

No one plans for divorce or separation. These are amongst the most stressful events in life. But they happen to around 10,000 couples each year in Scotland. We know what’s involved and what you have to watch out for. 

Legal issues involving children require clear, conscientious advice. It’s important to make any changes in a child's life as smooth as possible. In the case of adoption, although hugely worthwhile, it can be daunting. Whatever stage you are at, we can help. If you're about to embark on marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation you may wish to protect certain assets. In Scotland, pre-nuptial (and post-nuptial) agreements as well as cohabitation agreements are fully binding.

The Mortons and the Frasers

It’s a family affair. Parents. Grandparents. Assorted sons, daughters, their partners, and kids.

Equal parts joy and mayhem. Our personal relationships, welfare and business, seamlessly managed together. There’s nothing quite like the modern family. A smarter, happier future starts here.

"...renowned for international family law, family mediation and arbitration, and private and public law aspects of child law. Practice head Rhona Adams has particular expertise in cross-border jurisdictional disputes."


At Morton Fraser we have one of the largest, most experienced and consistently highly rated Family Law teams in Scotland. We’ll give clear, expert and practical advice to guide you through what can be a complex area of law. We also have dual qualified specialists who can advise on English and International Law. We have a great track record in negotiating successful outcomes for our clients. Our team is highly ranked by Chambers and Partners in Family & Matrimonial law.


Our services cover:

  • Reaching the best possible financial settlement
  • Resolving child-related issues
  • Preparing a separation agreement on your behalf
  • Representing you in court if necessary
  • Giving advice on Scottish and English divorce law
  • The financial maintenance of your children
  • What to do if your child is abducted by a spouse or partner
  • Drawing up cohabitation agreements to protect assets and children
  • Permanence order applications
  • Drawing up pre and post-nuptial agreements to protect assets
  • Helping couples exiting such relationships
  • Litigating where necessary
  • Advising on Scottish, English and international law
  • The complexities of the adoption process