How does family law work in England and Wales?
This handbook was prepared to describe how public and private family law cases are handled in England, Wales and Scotland. It’s a useful guide to the different systems, although you should also check for any changes which have taken place since it was published in 2018.
Can a 12 year old decide what happens about contact?
The current current Children (Scotland) Act says that the court should allow a child to express views and have regard to them as far as possible. It also says that the court should take account if the child’s age and maturity and that “a child twelve years of age or more shall be presumed to be of sufficient age and maturity to form a view” (section 6).
The Children (Scotland) Bill may extend or remove the mention of the age of 12. Whatever the age, the views of a child are not the deciding factor, although the older the child the more impact their views will have on the final decision.