The breakdown of a relationship, be it marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation, leads to all manner of financial worries and practical difficulties as the inevitable change in your personal circumstances occurs. This is especially so if there are major assets which require to be divided.
It is important to be fully aware of the numerous legal aspects that arise from separation. Early advice can often prevent further conflict and inform you as to what is fair and reasonable.
We provide a clear and sympathetic service which gives guidance as to your specific rights and responsibilities. Our emphasis is to attempt to defuse harmful disputes and seek agreements through negotiation and discussion at the earliest possible stage. However, in situations where this is not possible, we will assist you in obtaining the full protection of appropriate court remedies suitable for you.
Please note that we do not offer any Civil Legal Aid service. So, if you are eligible for Civil Legal Aid, we cannot represent you.
Our family law service focuses on resolving matters initially by way of negotiating separation agreements but we also provide advice and representation in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session in actions of:
If you need help or advice on these matters, please contact Philip Lawson to arrange a meeting or a call at
We pride ourselves on helping you to make informed decisions regarding your case, so we make sure we communicate in everyday language and that you understand what is going on in your case.
Ian Woodward-Nutt, Principal of Woodward Lawson Solicitors has been elected as the President of Aberdeen Bar Association. The organisation represents the interests of Civil and Criminal Court lawyers in Aberdeen and the surrounding area and his period of office started on 10th September. Ian stated “It is a great honour to be elected as President...READ MORE
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