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The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has announced that the CAP orders for private law children proceedings are to be changed. He has indicated that he asked a group of district judges to review the orders, as the existing orders (issued as part of the Child Arrangements Programme) were not doing what was required.The revised orders have been prepared on the basis that:
The President has indicated that it is important that practitioners use the same orders as judges so that they can draft consistently. There is no indication in the guidance as to when the new CAP forms should be adopted.
The President's announcement can be viewed here: CAP announcement by the President January 2016.
The new orders can be accessed here: CAP Master Orders.
Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and Head of LexisPSL Family.
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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).
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