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1. Introduction to the Guide

2. Relationship Breakdown – What next?

2.1 Personal counselling

2.2 Couples counselling

2.3 Ways to sort out problems
2.3.1 – Between yourselves
2.3.2 – Mediation
2.3.3 – Solicitors – SFLA – availability of legal help
2.3.4 – Do’s and don’ts

3. The Married Couple

3.1.1 Divorce – the facts
3.1.2 Divorce – the procedure
3.1.3 Divorce – jurisdiction

3.2 What if we don’t want to divorce?
3.2.1 – Introduction
3.2.2 – Settled arrangements – separation agreements
3.2.3 – Judicial Separation
3.2.4 – CSA
3.2.5 – Financial remedies through the Court

3.3 Finances on divorce –
3.3.1 – The menu of financial Orders a Court can make
3.3.2 – What financial Orders will the Court make in practice?
3.3.3 – Some practical points to remember
3.3.4 – Pensions
3.3.5 – The Child Support Agency (CSA) and the role of the Courts
3.3.5.1 – CSA
3.3.5.2 – How is Child Support calculated?
3.3.5.3 – What do I do if an assessment has been made and I think its wrong?
3.3.5.4 – What do I do if the CSA ignore or fail to respond to my letters?
3.3.5.5 – The role of the Court
3.3.5.6 – Child maintenance agreement
3.3.5.7 – Applications to the Court for Maintenance for children
3.3.5.8 – Existing Court Orders
3.3.5.9 – Enforcement
3.3.5.10 – Other Financial Orders for the benefit of Children

3.4 The Children –
3.4.1 – Parents rights and duties
3.4.2 – Where will they live?
3.4.3 – Types of Order the Court can make
3.4.4 – Seeing the other parent
3.4.5 – Child maintenance – the Court/the CSA
3.4.6 – An outline of Court procedure

3.5 Varying Court Orders
3.5.1 – Child maintenance – varying an existing Court Order
3.5.2 – Spouse maintenance – varying an existing Court Order
3.5.3 – Looking at other final Court Orders made on divorce

4. The Unmarried Couple

4.1 Law relating to cohabitees
4.1.1 – Maintenance
4.1.2 – The house
4.1.3 – Child maintenance

4.2 Legal advice and counselling

4.3 Children –
4.3.1 – Parent’s right and duties
4.3.2 – Where will they live?
4.3.3 – Types of Order you can ask the Court to make
4.3.4 – Seeing the other parent
4.3.5 – Child maintenance

5. Protection from Violence or Harassment

5.1 What to do if you are a victim
5.1.1 – Police
5.1.2 – British Telecom
5.1.3 – Housing Refuges and Woman’s Aid
5.1.4 – Solicitors

5.2 Getting an Order of the Court/Injunction
5.2.1 – What the Court can do
5.2.2 – Emergencies
5.2.3 – What does an Order mean?

5.3 What if someone wants/gets an Order against you?

6. Local Authority/Social Services intervention in the family

6.1 Case conferences

6.2 Care proceedings

6.3 What happens if a Care Order is made?

6.4 What are my rights to contact until a child has been adopted?

7. Adoption

7.1 What is adoption?

7.2 Some common adoption situations
7.2.1 – Step Parents
7.2.2 – Arrangements within families
7.2.3 – Formal placements via a Local Authority

7.3 If you want to adopt
7.3.1 – Paying the costs
7.3.2 – Can you apply?

7.4 How to go about it
7.4.1 – 7.4.8 – The Process

7.5 If you are a natural parent who does not want the adoption to go ahead
7.5.1 – The Mother
7.5.2 – The Father
7.5.2 1 – Married Father
7.5.2.2 – Unmarried Fathers
7.5.2.3 – Generally

8. Grandparents

8.1 – What can grandparents do?

8.2 – Grandparent’s applications

8.3 – What if your grandchildren live with you?

9. Resolution

9.1 – Introduction

9.2 – Code of Practice for Resolution members

10. About us

10.1 – Who we are and what do we do?

10.2 – Fixed fee interview

10.3 – How to contact us

Household Expenditure Schedule

Map to location of Family Mediation Scotland local offices in Edinburgh