One of our partners, Fiona Rasmusen, has been recognised by the law society of Scotland as a specialist in Family law. At Gibson Kerr we believe that it is important that the solicitors who are dealing with clients cases have specialist and indepth knowledge of the particular area of law in which they are working....
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The firm says that the agreements are proving popular among couples who choose to get married later in life, people with longstanding private business interests, or for couples who have children from previous relationships and want to "ring fence" their inheritances from any divorce settlement.
And it adds that, as statistics show that one in three marriages in the UK ends in divorce, many couples view making a prenuptial agreement is a prudent, rather than depressing, option to consider in their pre-wedding plans. Fiona Rasmusen, partner at Gibson Kerr, said: "Pre-nuptial agreements have historically been viewed with a lot of caution and skepticism by some couples, as they were seen as an admission that you thought something was going to go wrong with your marriage.
The £2000 revamp has seen a number of dedicated sections created on the Gibson Kerr website, providing information on the four main legal areas that the firm specialises in – family & personal law, buying & selling property, financial & tax advice, and advice on legal issues arising out of getting older.
The Family Law (Scotland) Act came into force in 2006 - giving couples who cohabit rights to claim against their partner in the event of a split and also rights to claim against their partner's estate if their partner died. Previous to this law coming in, cohabiting couples had very limited rights to make a financial claim against the other person if they separated. If their partner died and did not leave a will then they had no right at all to claim on the partner's estate.