Taking a child abroad without permission can be treated as child abduction. So whether it is a half term skiing trip abroad, or an Easter break in the sunshine, make sure you know what you can and can’t do before you start planning.
As a child’s mother, you automatically have parental responsibility, but you still need the permission of anyone else with parental responsibility before you take the child abroad. If grandparents and other family members want to take a child abroad, permission will be needed from both parents with parental responsibility and not just from one parent.
When a relationship breaks down and parties separate, for whatever reason, it is inevitably a difficult experience. So it pays to be educated and to do your research on how the divorce process works as well as getting organised financially before you set the wheels in motion.
From organising papers and ascertaining financial fitness (determine the marital estate’s net worth), to safeguarding valuables and consulting with a lawyer, there is a lot to think about.
A new scheme has been unveiled to help first time buyers get on to the property ladder.
Similar to other government schemes such as LIFT and Help to Buy, the Scottish government's First Home Fund will contribute towards the cost of buying a property through a shared equity scheme. This means that the purchase cost is split between both the buyer and the Scottish government, so the Government holds a share in the property and the buyer then usually repays the government's contribution when the property is sold.