SB 15-17 Parenting when parents live apart

The purpose of this briefing is to support MSPs in their constituency casework relating to legal issues associated with parenting when parents live apart. The issues covered include:

  • what rights unmarried fathers have in relation to their children
  • how disputes about the care of children can be resolved
  • whether a parent can act unilaterally to change his or her child’s name
  • the process for proving the paternity of a child
  • the legal remedies available where a child who lives with one parent is abducted by the other parent

Please note that SPICe can only provide general information relating to the law of Scotland. If a constituent wishes to receive legal advice in relation to the circumstances of his or her individual case he or she should contact a solicitor.

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Published: 31 March 2015

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