It is a fact of life that some relationships break down. However, in some circumstances, the situation can escalate and individuals can find themselves as the victim of domestic violence or abuse. Sometimes, this distressing and unwanted conduct can continue even after the relationship has ended.
If you or someone you know is suffering from the effects of domestic abuse or harassment, it is very important that you seek urgent legal advice. Whether the relationship has ended or is still ongoing, we can help.
The law recognises that sometimes domestic violence and abuse can take place within the family home. This can be particularly difficult if the house is in joint ownership, as both people have a legal right to live in the property. Even if the house is not in joint ownership, married spouses will be protected by matrimonial occupancy rights, which give the person who is not named on the title deeds the right to reside in the property. If you are struggling with the breakdown of a relationship and in particular with a dispute over who should stay in the family home, we recommend you seek urgent legal advice.
The Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981 protects spouses who are suffering from the effects of domestic violence and abuse within the family home. The law affords the victim of the abuse the right to apply to the Courts for an Exclusion Order, temporarily suspending the other spouse’s right to live in the family home. The law in this area can be complex. It is also important that you act quickly. Therefore, if you find yourself in this situation, contact us as a matter of urgency and we will guide you through the Court process. We appreciate that these matters can be distressing and sensitive. We therefore ensure that our legal advice is delivered in a friendly, supportive and professional manner.
It is also recognised that the effects of abuse and harassment can continue, even after the relationship has ended. It is not uncommon for individuals to find that their ex spouse or partner continue to contact them, despite it having been made clear that this conduct is unwanted. In such circumstances, we can help. We may be able to persuade the harasser to desist from their behaviour by writing to them. However, if this is not possible, we will act quickly to apply to the Court to obtain orders for your protection. We have extensive experience of representing clients in Court actions for Interdict and Powers of Arrest across Scotland. In many cases, we will be able to act on legal aid funding. If this situation applies to you, please be reassured that the law affords you protection from harassment and we can help. It is important that you act quickly to get the right legal advice to bring a quick and permanent end to the harassment and abuse.
Domestic Violence Solicitors Glasgow, Coatbridge, Airdrie, Shetland
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