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Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006

Aliment

Section 20: Variations of agreements on aliment: powers of court

34.This section inserts three new subsections after subsection (2) of section 7 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985 whereby the court can award a retrospective and/or interim variation of registered minutes of agreement entered into between separating parties which regulate the parties’ financial affairs. Aliment is the duty between a husband and wife to maintain each other, and the duty a parent has to maintain a child. This is usually manifested in financial provision between spouses after divorce and financial provision made to a child by a person who is legally obliged to support that child.

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