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We are still open throughout the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. 

Family law is still a vital aspect of many of our lives, and the courts will still handle urgent business. The Courts have stated that that urgent business includes: 

  • New applications for child protection orders
  • Interim interdicts
  • child referral appeals
  • urgent adoptions
  • urgent interim residence or contact applications 
  • and urgent applications in relation to Adults with Incapacity.

This means many cases can still proceed through court including urgent disputes regarding the living arrangements of children, social work cases and more. 

Many cases can be progressed as normal outside of court.  In particular, separation and divorce matters can often be finalised without any court intervention whatsoever.

Since our founding we have operated a paperless way of working.  We are able to progress the cases of new and existing clients remotely during these unprecedented times.  We can receive documents via email, WhatsApp and more.  We can offer appointments by telephone, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom. 

Please contact our office on 0141 404 6575  to arrange an appointment to discuss the best approach for your case.


Residence (Custody) Solicitors, Glasgow

When families separate, the most important question to be asked is, what will happen to the children? Frequently the first decision separating couples make is with which parent should the children live.

It is a common misconception that after separation, children should always live with their mother. Whilst this has traditionally been the most common outcome, there are a significant number of fathers who assume responsibility for the full-time care of children after separation.

Whether you are a child’s mother, father, or another family member or guardian, we recognise that disputes about where a child should reside can be extremely emotional and sensitive. We also recognise that the status quo can often become the permanent arrangement, given that the Courts will tend to favour avoiding any major upheaval in a child’s circumstances unless there are strong reasons for doing so.

If you find yourself in the middle of a dispute about the residence of a child, it is important that you seek urgent legal advice. If the child is residing elsewhere and you wish the child to reside with you, do not delay in taking action.  Doing so may seriously prejudice your case.

Whatever your circumstances, our expert Family Solicitors can assist you with disputes in relation to child Residence (custody). We may be able to negotiate an arrangement directly with the other parent or guardian by writing to them. We can assist you to formalise this arrangement in a Minute of Agreement. However, if this is not possible, we have the expertise to act quickly to raise the appropriate Court action to obtain orders in relation to the residence of children. We will tenaciously argue your case at Child Welfare Hearings. If the case proceeds to Proof, we will guide you through the Court process to a resolution.

It is important to recognise that in any dispute about residence, the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 provides that the paramount concern for the Court is what is in the best interests of the child. You can rely on our Family Solicitors to represent your interests, either in correspondence with the other parties or at Court. Where possible, we will act on Legal Aid funding. Whatever your circumstances, do not delay in contacting us and obtaining the friendly, professional legal advice that you need.

Residence (Custody) Lawyers Glasgow & Coatbridge 

Our solicitors pride ourselves in providing high quality and cost-effective legal advice, and have a strong commitment to achieving positive results for our clients. We tailor solutions specifically to your requirements; delivering cutting-edge advice and skilful court representation where needed. Contact us now via our online contact form, or give us a call on 0141 404 6575.

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"Very positive experience from start to finish. I found Michael to be a very calming influence during a difficult period in my life. I was instantly put at ease and I had 100% confidence in Michael. From the outset, his knowledge and experience reassures you that you are in safe hands. Communication throughout the process was excellent, very clear and I had regular updates on the progress of my case. I couldn't be happier, I was delighted with the outcome and I would highly recommend Michael and Thompson Family Law."

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