Changes to family forms from 8th January 2018

Changes to family forms from 8th January 2018

The Ministry of Justice has announced that family forms FM1 (Family Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM)), Form B (Notice of an application to consider the financial position of the Respondent after the divorce/dissolution), Form A1 (Notice of [intention to proceed with] an application for a financial remedy (other than a financial order)), Form A (Notice of [intention to proceed with] an application for a financial order) and Form C100 (Application under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 for a child arrangements, prohibited steps, specific issue order or to vary or discharge or ask permission to make a section 8 order) will be amended with effect from 8 January 2018.

The courts will continue to accept applications on the old versions of the forms up to and including Friday 12 January 2018. All completed applications using the old from received after this date will be returned to the applicant.

The amended versions of the forms issued by the Ministry of Justice can be accessed here:

Form FM1 (January 2018)

Form B (January 2018)

Form A1 (January 2018)

Form A (January 2018)

Form C100 (January 2018)

The amendments reflect changes to the evidence requirements regarding domestic abuse.

All LexisSmart forms will be updated with effect from 8 January 2018.

Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and head of LexisPSL Family. 

Twitter: @geraldinemorris

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About the author:

Geraldine is Head of LexisPSL Family. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and was in practice for 15 years, most recently as a partner and head of the family team at Hart Brown, a large Surrey firm.

Geraldine writes for Butterworths Family Law Service and is a past editor of the Resolution Review. She has been published in the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the District Judges’ Bulletin as well as in the national press including the Times and the Telegraph.

When in practice she was a member of the Law Society Family and Children Panels, and an accredited Resolution Specialist with a focus on advanced financial provision and pensions. A past Resolution regional secretary and press officer, Geraldine also contributed chapters to the Resolution publications, International Aspects of Family Law (3rd Edition 2009) and The Modern Family (2012).