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FLAGS celebrates official launch
FLAGS, the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland, celebrated its official launch this week along with its new website www.flagscotland.com/
The group already comprises 20 solicitor and eight advocate members who offer to give a decision on a specific contested issue privately and without the need for full court proceedings. Issues could include when was the relevant date at which the parties should be taken to have separated; what the matrimonial assets are worth; how much should be paid in financial support for children; disputes over care of children, including schooling and medical treatment; or the factors to be given weight in the financial settlement.
The website also explains the nature of arbitration and the solicitor's role in bringing a case.
Speaking at the launch, Court of Session judge Lord Woolman said that the most important thing was that the losing party must feel that they had had a fair hearing.