Glossary of Terms

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The following is a useful glossary of family law related terms used in Scotland:


Fair Sharing

Under Family Law in Scotland as it stands “fair sharing” means that all the property and the debts acquired during the marriage are divided and shared between the parties. The presumption is that “fair” means “equal”. There are arguments to displace the “equal sharing rule” on which advice should be taken from a Solicitor.

Family Home

A family home is where a husband and wife, civil partners or cohabitants, live together. A property becoming a family home does not necessarily mean that both parties will have financial claims in respect of that property in the event of their separation.