- Form F9 replaced with more child-friendly court form in Scotland
- What is the background to the changes?
- What is the function of the Form F9?
- Why was reform needed?
- What are the changes and what impact will this have?
- What has the reaction to the new Form F9 been?
Family law analysis: In Scottish family proceedings, there is no obligation on a court to acknowledge the views of children or young people, however Form F9 can be used to obtain these views in light of child contact arrangements or arrangements specifying with whom a child or young person should live. The Scottish legal system has recently published legislation reforming Form F9 to be more child–friendly and accessible to encourage courts to consider their views. Sarah Hay, solicitor at Watermans Legal (Scotland), discusses these changes but says more needs to be done to ‘empower children and young people to speak out and have a forum to give their views in a family court action’.
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