Find information and support if you're divorcing or separating from your husband, wife or partner.
Understanding your rights
You could consider mediation to reach an agreement with your partner about things like:
splitting your money
what happens to the family home
arrangements for your children
Relationship Scotland's network provides relationship counselling, family mediation and other family support services across Scotland.
Find a local service – Relationships Scotland
Find out how mediation can help you and how to find a mediator for a range of issues.
Find a mediator – Scottish Mediation
CALM Scotland provides mediation services across Scotland. The experienced lawyer-mediators can help with ways of resolving issues and problems after a separation.
Find a mediator near you – CALM Scotland
Solicitors who specialise in 'family law' can discuss your options and represent you in court if you and your partner can't agree on matters.
Find a solicitor – Law Society of Scotland
The Family Law Association has over 350 family law solicitors across Scotland.
Find a family law solicitor – the Family Law Association
The Scottish Child Law Centre helps children and young people, their families and carers with free expert legal advice and information.
If you need legal advice or representation but can't afford it, you may be eligible for legal aid.
Read more about getting help with legal costs.
Looking after your money
The Money Advice Service gives information on sorting your finances on separation if you were cohabiting, in a civil partnership or married. You can also find out how to protect your finances if you and your partner can't agree.
Get an overview of how to sort your finances when you're separating from your partner, including a checklist.
Financial issues if you split up from your partner – Shelter Scotland
Find out what benefits or credits you can get and how to claim.
Benefits calculator – GOV.UK
Your change in circumstances can affect what benefits you're entitled to.
Benefits you may be entitled to if you're separating – Money Advice Service
Get help to deal with debt problems.
Help with debt – Citizens Advice Scotland
Get tips to help you keep on top of debts.
Dealing with debt after separation – Money Advice Service
Talk about your financial situation and get advice from money advisers.
Search for money advisers in your area – Scotland's Financial Health Service
Create a personalised action plan to help you manage your money.
Money Steps online tool – National Debtline
Looking after your children
Relationships Scotland offers counselling, mediation and family support services across Scotland.
Find a local service near you – Relationships Scotland
Read what you'll need to do as a parent if you split up from your partner.
Separation and divorce – One Parent Families Scotland
Find free support and information from a partnership of charities that help parents across Scotland.
Information for families – Parenting across Scotland
Get help and advice if you're caring for a child or concerned about a child.
You can arrange Child Maintenance yourselves if both parents agree, or you can apply to the Child Maintenance Service.
Arrange child maintenance – GOV.UK
See what options are available to help pay for childcare if you need it.
Help paying for childcare – Money Advice Service
Keeping your home
Get information and advice to help with any housing issues that may affect you if you separate from your husband, wife or partner.
Relationship breakdown – Shelter Scotland
Find support if you're having mortgage difficulties and are worried you might lose your home.
Read our guide for home owners with mortgage difficulties.
Find out what you can do at any stage of a possible repossession as a home owner.
Keeping your home – the Scottish Legal Aid Board and Shelter Scotland
Find out how you can stay in your home, what happens if you plan to sell and who's responsible for mortgage payments.
Home owners' rights – Shelter Scotland