New section 15C – Diligence on the dependence to secure future or contingent debts
462.Section 15C provides that it will be competent for the Court of Session or the sheriff to grant warrant for diligence on the dependence of a conclusion for payment of a debt which is a future or contingent debt. Examples of such debts are aliment and financial support or a capital sum claimed in an action for divorce or nullity of marriage. These particular examples of future or contingent debts were formerly governed by section 19 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985. That provision is now repealed (see schedule 6 to this Act). (See also paragraph 681681 below for a general description of what is meant by “future” and “contingent” debts).
463.Subsection (2) defines “court” for the purposes of sections 15D to 15M as the court before which the action or petition is being pursued. This will be either the Court of Session or the sheriff court except in the case of petitions, in relation to which (by virtue of section 15B) only the Court of Session may grant diligence on the dependence.