Learn the necessary skills and knowledge to understand the application of and to meet the demands of a challenging family law practice.

Family law in all its aspects is a stimulating and rewarding area of practice requiring the special skill of communication and understanding with people in crises. It is an area of law governed by a substantial framework of modern legislation and an expanding library of judicial guidance set out in the relative case law. Most importantly, it focuses upon our society’s philosophy of adult relationships and of relationships between parent and child.

Paralegals play a key role in this complex and exciting arena of Family Law. This course will equip candidates with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand and advise on the law relating to domestic and family relationships and particularly cohabitation, separation, divorce and dissolution. The qualification considers the legal position in relation to same sex marriage and the effect of that upon family relationships. A review of the contact and residence provisions for children and the legal orders available to regulate same.

You will learn how to undertake the valuation of matrimonial and partnership property and understand the distribution of financial assets on divorce and dissolution. You will become familiar with the ongoing changes to the child support regime. You will learn how to prepare the legal documentation required to record a negotiated outcome and to make a court application for orders in relation to family relationships.

What you'll learn:

  • An overview of Domestic Relationships
  • Legislation Surrounding Family Law and the Grounds for 
Divorce and Dissolution
  • Civil Partnerships and Marriage
  • Financial Provision on Divorce and on Dissolution
  • Preparation of Separation Agreement's
  • Understanding the Divorce Client
  • Drafting court documents
  • Understanding Parents and Children
  • The Legal Capacity of Children
  • Court Orders Relating to Parental Responsibilities and Rights
  • Child maintenance provisions
  • Essential Ethics for Paralegals



Find out more
For an informal discussion on how we may help you, contact the Paralegal team on +44 (0)141 225 6700 or email paralegal@clt.scot.

Enrolment Max 18 Months

£1,895 + VAT (Non Members)

£1,495 + VAT (CLT Members)

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Level Experienced / Graduate
Jurisdiction Scotland


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What our clients say

"I found the programme benefitted me in my career. After completing the specialist paralegal qualification, I have recently changed employers and I believe that having the specialist paralegal qualification helped me in obtaining my current position."
Mary Smith, Paralegal, Sparke & Kingsley Solicitors

"I enjoyed learning Civil Litigation in more detail after previous experience in Debt Recovery. The course fitted nicely around my work and personal life and the assignments really made me think about how to put into practice what I learned throughout my studies."
Samantha Marsden, Paralegal, TWM Solicitors LLP


"I enjoyed the continuous support of the tutors and the flexibility of the course and now practice the skills learned through the course in my every day duties within the workplace."
Michelle Clendennen, Executive Legal Assistant, Motability Operations

"I enjoyed the Paralegal training programme from CLT from start to finish. At the start, I was a little nervous taking on the commitment of a home course, but when I settled down, I really enjoyed it. I was especially proud of the graduation at Bristol Cathedral."
Nicky Secrett, Paralegal, AWB Partnership LLP