Cohabitation Claims and Unequal Sharing of Matrimonial Property
Speaker: Tom Quail
Cohabitation is very much a live issue in that the Scottish Law Commission is undertaking a review of the Act. The Scottish Law Commission issued, at the end of February 2020, a discussion paper in relation to which responses are invited to be made by the 31st May. A new Bill will be presented to the Scottish Parliament to reform the present law which has been criticised for being out of date, unclear and overly complicated.
In sharing matrimonial property on divorce, the default position is that of an equal sharing. There are essentially six main principles why matrimonial property should be shared unequally in terms of sections 9 and 10 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985.
The seminar will cover both topics and will cover the following issues:-
The talk will be of interest to lawyers who specialise in family law but equally those lawyers for which family law is part of their general practice.
Tom Quail is Head of the Family Law Group at Wright Johnston and Mackenzie and is a Family Law Expert who has been involved in Family Law at a high level for over 20 years. Tom is accredited as a specialist in family law, a trained Mediator and a Solicitor Advocate.
Tom has spoken at Family Law Conferences over the past 10 years to experienced family lawyers and has had articles published in law journals. Most recently, Tom had an article published this month in the Journal on the Scottish Law Commission is “Discussion paper on Cohabitation” and also this month had an article published on the online Journal for advice to separating couples in the face of COVID-19 which was co-written with a Clinical Psychologist.