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Family law research

Family Law Research

This page contains links to a selection of research into family law, including:

  • contact with children
  • child rights
  • family mediation
  • family group conferencing

The research is arranged in reverse chronological order.

Completed Research

Date

Title

Summary

20/01/2011 Child Welfare Hearings: A scoping study on the commissioning, preparation and use of court reports in the Child Welfare Hearing System in the Sheriff Courts Scoping study to provide information on the commissioning, preparation and use of court reports in the Child Welfare Hearing System in the Sheriff Courts.
10/12/2010 Understanding Child Contact in the Scottish Sheriff Courts The Scottish court system puts children at the centre of decisions that affect them. From 2007 to 2009, a study for the Scottish Government examined the nature and impact of court actions in Scotland in respect of child contact.

29/07/2008

Building a Nation of Wee Democracies

In the context of the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child and the Children's Parliament's ongoing programme of work, this report describes the piloting of a new model of work with families to explore the interface between family life and children's rights.

25/03/2008

2007 Scottish Child Contact Survey

The report presents the analysis of a Scotland-wide survey of adults to determine the nature of contact arrangements and how well these are maintained.

29/10/2007

Dealing with Child Contact Issues: A Literature Review of Mechanisms in Different Jurisdictions

The report examines how some jurisdictions address contact issues where there has been a history of intractable conflict, child abuse or neglect or domestic abuse.

29/10/2007

Attitudes and Knowledge about Family Obligations in Scotland: After Separation and Death - Research Findings

Major changes in family structure and family life in Scotland have changed how people think about marriage and cohabitation, the roles of men and women in family life, parenthood and relationships.

28/03/2007

Examining the Use and Impact of Family Group Conferencing

The aims of the research were to review evidence of the effectiveness of FGC for children with different needs and to gather views about the use and experience of FGC in children's services in the UK.

28/03/2007

Examining the Use and Impact of Family Group Conferencing - Research Findings

Review of the evidence for the effectiveness of FGC in children's services and to understand broadly how the approach is being used here in Scotland and more widely in the UK.

02/10/2006

A Survey of Sheriff Clerks' Perspectives on Child Contact Enforcement in Scottish Sheriff Courts - Research Findings

This report presents the findings of a small scale survey and information gathering exercise on sheriff clerks' perspectives on child contact enforcement in Scottish sheriff courts.

03/08/2005

Family Formation and Dissolution in Europe: Scotland in a European Context - Research Findings

Findings which draw together existing data on patterns of family formation and dissolution accross Europe, including Scotland.

03/08/2005

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2004: Family Module Report

This report sets out the results of questions on family matters in the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2004. This part of the survey canvassed public views and knowledge on a range of family-related issues including marriage, cohabitation and parenting.

04/10/2004

Contact Applications Involving Allegations of Domestic Abuse: Feasibility Study

Report of a feasibility study to assess the availability and quality of existing data on child contact applications and domestic violence, and to identify the potential role of primary research.

04/10/2004

Contact Applications Involving Allegations of Domestic Abuse: Feasibility Study - Research Findings

Report of a feasibility study to assess the availability and quality of existing data on child contact applications and domestic violence, and to identify the potential role of primary research.

24/03/2004

Building Bridges? - Expectations and Experiences of Child Contact Centres in Scotland

This report examines users' and workers' expectations and experiences of Child Contact Centres.

24/03/2004

Child Contact Centres in Scotland - Research Findings

This Research Findings paper draws together the key findings from two studies of child contact centres in Scotland.

24/03/2004

Scottish Child Contact Centres: Characteristics of Centre Users and Centre Staff

This report describes the characteristics of families using Scottish Child Contact Centres and the role of staff working in the centre.

24/03/2004

Family Formation and Dissolution: Trends and Attitudes Among the Scottish Population - Research Findings

This findings examines key data on family formation and dissolution in Scotland.

07/11/2000

An Evaluation of the Parent Information Programme - Research Findings

To provide a comprehensive evaluation of the implementation of the Parent Information Programme. The programme was started by Family Mediation Scotland in 1996.

24/08/2000

An Evaluation of the Parent Information Programme

To provide a comprehensive evaluation of the implementation of the Parent Information Programme. The programme was started by Family Mediation Scotland in 1996.

04/07/2000

Meeting in the Middle: A Study of Solicitors' and Mediators' Divorce Practice - Research Findings

Comparative study on how solicitors, solicitor-mediators, and all family mediators manage disputes between parties involved in divorce proceedings.

16/06/2000

Meeting in the Middle: A Study of Solicitors' and Mediators' Divorce Practice

Comparative study on how solicitors, solicitor-mediators, and all family mediators manage disputes between parties involved in divorce proceedings.

06/04/1999

The Role of Mediation in Family Disputes in Scotland - Research Findings

To explore the role of mediation in family disputes. To look at objectives, process and outcome of mediation, and factors which influence its success or failure.

29/12/1998

Family Business in the Scottish Sheriff Courts in 1992 - Research Findings

To identify characteristics and volume of family business in the courts, progress and outcome of cases, and frequency of use in different methods of dispute resolution.

29/12/1998

Mutual Consent Written Agreements in Family Law - Research Findings

To examine the process, content and consequences of Minutes of Agreement and Joint Minutes of Agreement.

November 1990 Family Conciliation in Scotland A survey of the views and experiences of the clients of conciliation and information about the income and expenditure of family conciliation services in Scotland.
28/02/1987 Children in divorce in the Sheriff Court A study of information available to the Sheriff Courts on children involved in divorce actions. A follow-up study to earlier work on the Court of Session, reviewing progress since the introduction of divorce in the Sheriff Court.
April 1984 Children in Divorce A study of information available to the Scottish Courts on children involved in divorce actions.