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Family Divorce Lawyers & Solicitors In Edinburgh

Are you considering divorce, but feeling overwhelmed by the complex legal process and the emotional strain it can bring? We understand that this is a difficult decision to make, especially when there are children and shared assets involved. That’s why our team of experienced solicitors and  family lawyers Edinburgh are here to support you every step of the way.

We have a wealth of experience dealing with divorce cases of all sizes and complexities, and we specialise in high net worth cases. Our sole focus is on family law, which means we have the expertise and knowledge to handle your case with care and professionalism. As an Accredited Family Law Specialist, we pride ourselves on seeking resolutions and agreements whenever possible, through discussions and mutual agreement.

Of course, we understand that there are times when litigation is necessary to ensure the best outcome for you and your family. In these situations, our team will work tirelessly to protect your interests and achieve the best possible settlement.

If you’re based in Edinburgh or the surrounding area, we offer a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your case and provide advice on the best next steps. We have offices throughout Central Scotland, including in Falkirk and Edinburgh, and we’re happy to meet you in person or speak with you via a Call, Facetime, or Skype.

Don’t face divorce alone. Contact us today to learn how our experienced family lawyers can help you navigate this difficult time with confidence and peace of mind.

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At our law firm, we understand that every client and their case is unique. While our website provides helpful information on the main issues that can affect family life and when to seek legal help, it’s important to talk with us directly to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.

We’re here to help, and that’s why we offer an easy range of contact options, including filling out a form and sending us a message, calling us, scheduling an appointment, or using our live online chat feature. We’re happy to have a pro bono chat with you to discuss your case and see how we can assist you. To find our contact details and locations, click here. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us – we’re here to provide you with the guidance and support you need during this difficult time.

Look no further for your Family Lawyer

If you’re facing a divorce settlement, you need an expert in family law on your side. Our lawyers are fully accredited as specialists in Family Law by the Law Society, and our paralegals are also accredited. As the Law Society states, “Accreditation acts as a hallmark of experience that a client can trust,” and we use our expertise to support you and secure the best outcome for your separation.

At our law firm, we aim to be different. Our family divorce lawyers offer a unique fee structure based on actual time used by our clients. We understand that every minute counts, which is why we don’t round up to the nearest unit like most solicitors do. For example, a 2-minute call is charged as a 2-minute call, and a 7-minute meeting is charged at 7 minutes, not 12. With us, you only pay for the time we spend working on your case, and you can view our full fees section for more details.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can assist you during this difficult time. We’re here to help and provide you with the guidance and support you need.

Supporting You

We understand that going through a divorce can be one of the most challenging experiences in your life. It’s a time when you may feel overwhelmed with emotions and worries about your future. That’s why our experienced divorce lawyers are here to support you every step of the way. No matter if you initiated the divorce or if it came as a complete surprise, our friendly and approachable family lawyers will provide you with clarity on the process and your options. We know that divorces can be difficult, but with recent changes in the law, it’s now easier to start the process without listing reasons for the marriage breakdown.

We believe that each client is unique, and we will work with you to understand your concerns and set out a clear path forward. Our aim is to ease the stress and uncertainty of this difficult time and provide you with a new sense of relief. So, if you need guidance or support with a separation or divorce, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team.

Client Testimonials

I would like to directly offer my huge personal gratitude for everything you have done. The process has been seamless in what is a very stressful and challenging time. My many thanks and wishing you all the best for 2022.


I approached Brian regarding my divorce, very helpful and professional and efficient through the whole procedure.


I used Rooney Family Law for my divorce and found them to be efficient and helpful. They were all very friendly and happy to answer any and all of my questions.


I contacted Rooney family law wth regards to arranging a contact order for my kids. The advice was excellent, the cost of the services are fair and actions on the back of our meetings/discussions are prompt.

Does everything he says he will and most importantly he got me access to my kids.

Couldn’t recommend Brian and the firm enough.

Very grateful for all the help so far



I used Rooney Family Law to deal with my divorce. They explained the process and my rights in an easy-to-understand way. Their level of communication was excellent. They are upfront about their fees which helped me decide to use them. I would recommend them to anyone who needs family law help


I shopped about a fair bit before selecting Rooney Family Law to deal with my divorce. I found their website to be well laid out and very useful. The fact that they are transparent about their fees on their site appealed to me. It was fairly complex as it involved a business, pensions and other financial matters. I engaged their services and they negotiated hard to achieve a fair settlement on my behalf. They were in constant communication throughout the process.

Friendly professional advice and service.I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them.


After spending a small deposit on a house with another law firm i decided to change, and i am so glad that i did. Brian Rooney and his team, achieved my divorce in a seamless manner, even through a pandemic ! There a communication was swift, and in the manner that i preferred. I’m hoping i don’t require the use of a family law specialist again but should i do i wouldn’t hesitate in using Brian and his team.


I had Brian deal with my divorce, him and his team were excellent through the challenging times of Covid, giving good advice and getting the job done. A big thanks to them all and I would definitely recommend this company. Best wishes for a prosperous future and thanks 🙏 for their guidance throughout the process.


Protecting Your Assets And Finances

It is crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of your family’s finances and assets during any separation or divorce. That’s why we are here to help you navigate this complicated area and ensure that you receive a fair financial settlement. Our experienced divorce lawyers will work with you to create a transparent fee structure that is tailored to your specific needs, and we strive to minimise any overheads for you.

Family finances can be complex and involve a wide range of assets, including pensions, savings, investments, ISAs, business assets, and property. Having an expert on your side who can offer sound advice and guidance can make all the difference in achieving the best possible outcome. So, let us help you understand your rights and work towards a fair financial settlement.

Child Custody Agreements

When it comes to a family breakdown, one of the most challenging issues can be the involvement of children and the impact it can have on them. Our team is here to guide and support you as a parent, providing expert advice on how to reach an agreement that is in the best interests of your children. As a parent, it’s your duty to ensure the safety, health and overall well-being of your child. From a legal standpoint, the focus is on protecting the children’s rights and facilitating a relationship with both parents whenever possible.

Our team can help you set up a child agreement that addresses issues such as custody, access, residence or contact. Ideally, parents will be able to work together to create these agreements, but we understand that this may not always be the case. In situations where disputes arise, we can assist with negotiating a resolution or, if necessary, work with the court to establish an order that determines where the children will live and how often they will spend time with each parent. We recognise that going through a separation or divorce is an emotional and difficult time for everyone involved, and our experienced professionals will ensure that everyone important to you is cared for and that the best possible agreement is put in place.

Do I Need A Lawyer To Get Divorced In Scotland?

When going through a divorce, having a family law expert in your corner can offer many advantages. There will be times when witness statements and other evidence are required, especially in contested or disputed cases. At Rooney Family Law, our solicitors can draft documents and fill out forms on your behalf, aiming to simplify the entire process for you. It is important to ensure that legal terms and structure are used correctly in these documents.

Even if you are seeking a simplified divorce, there are still good reasons to seek the advice and service of a family lawyer. Our divorce solicitors can help ensure that all paperwork is legal and binding, covering all financial agreements between the parties involved. We can also assist in drafting agreements and dealing with property as part of the separation process.

It’s worth noting that even if you are on good terms with your partner, a legal challenge can quickly turn things sour. Seeking legal advice can help ensure that any agreements put in place are simple and robust, making it easier for everyone involved to understand. Our experienced family lawyers have the expertise to guide you through this process as smoothly as possible.

If you’re trying to avoid a dispute in court, especially when children are involved in the breakup, we can help manage this. It’s crucial for the children involved that their parents maintain a positive relationship, as this can make a significant difference to how they cope with the situation. Out-of-court options such as mediation and negotiation are available and can be highly effective. We can help take you through this process, potentially saving you money in legal fees down the line.

At Rooney Family Law here in Edinburgh, we always provide clear and practical advice on all aspects of divorce and separation. Our goal is to avoid unnecessary court battles whenever possible. We have experience with both simple cases and higher net worth profile cases, and are well-suited to dealing with all financial and complex solutions to find the best outcome for your family separation.

Specialist Divorce Lawyers Edinburgh

At Rooney Family Law, we understand that going through a divorce can be an emotionally challenging time, particularly when there are assets, debts, or children involved. Our team of expert family lawyers can provide the guidance and support you need to navigate the complexities of divorce and separation. We have experience in handling a variety of divorce cases, including those involving:

  • Footballers and sport stars: We recognise that those in the public eye face unique challenges when going through a divorce. Our lawyers can provide discreet and effective representation to help protect your privacy and reputation, while ensuring a fair resolution for all parties involved.
  • Self-employed and business owners: Divorces involving business interests or self-employment can be complex, but our lawyers have the knowledge and skills necessary to help you reach a satisfactory outcome. We can assist with business valuations, property division, and other issues that may arise.
  • Famous people and celebrities: High-profile divorces can attract significant media attention and public scrutiny. Our lawyers can help you maintain your privacy while ensuring that your legal rights and interests are protected.
  • High net-worth clients: Divorces involving significant assets, properties, or investments require careful consideration and planning. Our lawyers can help you navigate the financial complexities of divorce, including issues such as spousal maintenance, pensions, and tax implications.
  • Civil partnerships: Dissolving a civil partnership requires specialised legal knowledge and expertise. Our lawyers can provide the advice and representation you need to ensure a smooth and fair separation.

Divorce & Family Law Services

In Scotland, divorce can only be obtained when the marriage has broken down, and this can be due to any of the following grounds:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Adultery
  • Separation for over one year (If both parties agree)
  • Separation for over two years (consent is not necessary)


There are different types of divorce that may not require the parties to go into the reasons for the separation. You can learn more about each type of divorce on our website or by consulting with us. We can help you determine the best solution for your situation.

The quickest and most affordable type of divorce is a Simplified Divorce. This type of divorce requires that you have been separated for over a year and have no children under the age of 16. All financial matters between you and your spouse must be resolved before filing, as no financial claim can be made as part of this type of divorce.

Another type of divorce is the undefended Ordinary Divorce, which is suitable for couples with children under the age of 16 and no financial claims. This procedure is relatively straightforward and can be dealt with by a local sheriff court in approximately 10-12 weeks.

The entire divorce process is more straightforward when both parties can reach an agreement about the welfare of the children and the financial situation. If an agreement cannot be reached, a more complex divorce case may require mediation before being decided by the courts.

To discuss any family law issue with us, you can message us or call our helpline at 0800 779 7848. For more information about our legal services, please visit our legal pages below:

Our specialist family lawyers are committed to guiding and supporting you through your divorce in Edinburgh aiming for the best outcome for you and your family