Help & advice

Here are short answers to many of the questions we are asked, with links to more detailed information. The FAQs are arranged under three main topics: Shared Care, Dispute Resolution and Court & Law. There are links to further information in many of the FAQs.

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Frequently asked questions

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?

Can one parent stop a child being vaccinated?

Where do I start?

Should I represent myself in court?

Can a 12 year old decide what happens about contact?

My name isn’t on the birth certificate of my child, how can I deal with this?


Many parents, grandparents and other family members over the years have shared with us their experience - sometimes positive, often troubling - of their ride on the family law roller-coaster. SPS BLOGS gives individuals the opportunity to share what they felt and what they have learned. All stories are anonymised.
We are also interested in receiving contributions from people about their own experiences of shared parenting, either as a parent or a child.

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Group meetings, training courses and events

Find out about our support meetings across Scotland and our training courses and other activities.

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July 2024