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The Scottish Government produce a number of publications about family law in Scotland.

Family Matters

We produced a number of publications to provide information about the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 coming into force as part of Scottish law. Our flyer " Family Law in Scotland affects everyone" gives an overview of each publication.

Information Booklets

These booklets give general information about family law in Scotland, and point readers to sources of advice and support.

Parental Responsibilities and Parental Rights Agreement

This agreement gives a father who does not have Parental Responsibilities and Rights (PRRs) for a child and who was never married to the child's mother to get PRRs for that child. To do so, the child's mother and father can complete a Parental Responsibilities and Rights form and then register it in a public register called The Books of Council and Session. The pack is made up of the form itself and a folder with information about the form and the consequences of registering it.

Parenting Agreement for Scotland

The Parenting Agreement for Scotland is a tool to help parents agree on what is best for their children when their relationship comes to an end. With a covering letter from Alan Finlayson OBE, former Sheriff and Reporter to the Children's Panel, the guide highlights the issues separating parents will need to consider. The plan is the part that parents can fill in and sign if they wish. The further advice and information section gives contact details for support organisations, and information about counselling, mediation and family group conferencing.

Charter for Grandchildren

The Charter for Grandchildren highlights the important role grandparents and the wider family can play in a child's life, and how the wider family can be a source of support and stability in difficult times.

Family Law Stakeholder Group

The Family Law Stakeholder Group were the group that helped the then Scottish Executive to prepare the Parenting Agreement and Charter for Grandchildren.


Our booklet What to do after a death in Scotland gives a guide to dealing with someone's estate (property) after they die. It also provides a guide to rights of succession (inheritance), and gives details of organisations that can offer practical and emotional support.

Family law reform

The Scottish Government and previous administration have undertaken extensive consultation and produced reports on family law, as well as two Scottish Law Commission reports on areas of reform.