Scotland—divorce and civil partnership dissolution
Produced in partnership with Sally Nash of Gilson Gray LLP
Scotland—divorce and civil partnership dissolution

The following Family practice note Produced in partnership with Sally Nash of Gilson Gray LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Scotland—divorce and civil partnership dissolution
  • Grounds for divorce
  • Dissolution of a civil partnership
  • Jurisdictional requirements for raising an action of divorce
  • Jurisdictional requirements for raising an action of dissolution
  • Procedure
  • Simplified procedure
  • Non-simplified procedure—sheriff court
  • Court of Session
  • Differences between Scotland and England and Wales
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Notes: Brexit and family law, What does IP completion day mean for family law? and Brexit—implications for Scotland.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued regarding all proceedings in Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice, which profoundly affects normal practice, including requirements for the majority of hearings to be dealt with remotely, see here. For further details about the changes to court processes and procedures during this time, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers. In addition, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription). This Practice Note sets out the procedure prior to the pandemic and during this period of disruption to the justice system, practitioners should be aware that local practice may vary.

This Practice Note provides an introduction to divorce and civil partnership dissolution in Scotland. It explains

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