Frequently asked questions

This section gives short responses to many of the questions that Shared Parenting Scotland is asked.  Links within the answer lead to more detailed information.  If you need more information on any of these topics please contact us on 0131 557 2440 or by email to

This site offers legal information, not legal advice.  We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information and to clearly explain your options.  However we do not provide legal advice – the application of the law to your individual circumstances. For legal advice, you should consult a lawyer.

What are Child Maintenance payments supposed to cover?

How does the Child Maintenance Service decide on equal shared care?

As a ‘non-resident parent’ can I volunteer to be a parent helper at my child’s school for school trips etc outwith my court ordered contact time?

When do I stop paying maintenance for my child?

How can I prove equal care to the CMS?

Where do I start?

My case is due in court soon: will it be heard?

How much parental leave can a father take?

Do I have the right to obtain health information about my child?

Should I represent myself in court?

Can a 12 year old decide what happens about contact?