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Family Law Bill written evidence, 11/02/05 [S]

The Scottish Parliament's Justice 1 Committee has called for written evidence on the general principles of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill. Your views are invited on any of the measures outlined in the Bill.

Consultation period: 11/02/05 to 08/04/05

The Committee is specifically seeking views on the following issues:

Proposed changes to divorce law (sections 10-15)

Do you agree with the Bill's proposals? If so, why? If not, why not? What changes, if any, do you think need to be made and why?

Unmarried fathers: rights in relation to children (section 17)

Do you agree with the Bill's proposals? If so, why? If not, why not? What changes, if any, do you think need to be made and why?

Proposed new rights for cohabitants (sections 18-23)

Do you agree with the Bill's proposals? If so, why? If not, why not? What changes, if any, do you think need to be made and why?

Proposed changes in respect of occupancy rights and protection from violence (sections 24 and 26)

Do you agree with the Bill's proposals? If so, why? If not, why not? What changes, if any, do you think need to be made and why?

Other provisions in the Bill

The Bill contains a number of miscellaneous provisions in relation to Family Law. Do you have any comments on these sections? Please indicate clearly which issue you are referring to and which section it is in the Bill.

Rights in relation to children for step-parents and grandparents

These two issues were consulted on by the Executive. The Executive decided not to include provisions in the Bill in respect of either issue (see paragraphs 91-97 in the Policy Memorandum). Do you agree with the Executive's approach? If so, why? If not, why not? What changes, if any, do you think need to be made and why?

Consultation

Are you content that the Executive has carried out worthwhile consultation in respect of the provisions in this Bill? If not, please say why not?

Responding

The Committee prefers to receive written submissions electronically. These should be sent to:

justice.committee@scottish.parliament.uk

You may also make hard copy written submissions to:

Justice 1 Committee
Scottish Parliament
Holyrood
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Evidence should be reasonably brief and typewritten (normally no more than 4 sides of A4) and set out in numbered paragraphs.

Unless you indicate otherwise your submission will be treated as public and may be published on the Parliament's website. If you do not wish your submission to be made public, please contact the clerks to the Committee on 0131-348-5227.

For more information and contact details of the Justice 1 Committee visit the Committee's website.

Further Information

  1. Scottish Parliament Committee Page
  2. Scottish Parliament Justice 1 Committee Call for Evidence Family Law Bill