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The distinction between an amended petition, a supplemental petition and a further petitionWhere it is necessary in some way to amend a petition...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in...
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9th Nov
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Instructing counsel to advocate on a client’s behalf should be a matter of careful thought and preparation. The role of counsel is to provide...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 12th Jan
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The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) sets out the grounds on which a marriage is void or voidable and the bars preventing the grant of a decree...
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9th Nov
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Online divorceOn 6 May 2018 the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched its online divorce service nationwide for the public acting as litigants in person....
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in...
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9th Nov
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The basis of Duxbury calculationsA Duxbury calculation is an actuarial calculation designed to identify the capital sum required to meet a periodical...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note sets out the basic principles to be applied when drafting a financial consent order including the preparation and structure of the...
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9th Nov
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Applications for judicial separation are relatively rare in practice. It may arise where the client has strong religious and or cultural reasons for...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in...
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9th Nov
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Online divorceWhere a divorce is proceeding via the online service note that while rules relating to divorce proceedings are generally to be found in...
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9th Nov
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Sequestration is a process for dealing with a contempt of court that would be otherwise punishable by a committal under which the assets of the...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 12th Jan
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This Practice Note explains the no order principle contained in section 1(5) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). It explains when the principle...
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9th Nov
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The power to make pension attachment orders (previously referred to as earmarking orders) arises from the insertion of sections 25B–25D of the...
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Produced in partnership with Rebecca Dziobon of Penningtons Manches Cooper 12th Jan
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The paramountcy principleWhen any court determines any question with respect to:•the upbringing of the child, or•the administration of the child's...
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9th Nov
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Application to vary, extend or discharge a non-molestation or occupation orderCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the...
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15th May
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Working with counselInstructing counsel to advocate on a client’s behalf should be a matter of careful thought and preparation. The role of counsel is...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 15th May
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Brexit—Family Procedure Rules 2010The Family Procedure Rules 2010 and Court of Protection Rules 2017 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI...
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15th May
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What does IP completion day mean for family law?As of 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and no longer participated in the...
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15th May
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Brexit—recognition and enforcement in family proceedingsThis Practice Note sets out the implications as to recognition and enforcement in relation to...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 15th May
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Preparation of court bundles in family proceedingsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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15th May
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Taking initial instructions from family clientsSolicitors Regulation Authority 2019 regulatory regimeFrom 25 November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation...
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15th May
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Periodical payments—variation of ordersThe court’s power to vary orders is set out in section 31 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) and in...
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15th May
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Occupation ordersCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the...
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15th May
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FPR 2010, Part 18—other applications in proceedingsIP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit...
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15th May
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Procedure for an application for an occupation orderProcedure for an application for an occupation order—Covid-19In the exceptional circumstances of...
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15th May
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Managing difficult clients—family lawFamily work is demanding in many ways that have nothing to do with the complexity of the black letter law. By...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 15th May
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Brexit—financial remediesThis Practice Note sets out the jurisdictional implications in relation to financial remedy family proceedings as a result of...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 15th May
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Coronavirus (COVID-19)—revisiting financial ordersThe coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unforeseen global event that has had significant...
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Produced in partnership with Marc Samuels, Niki Langridge and Rhys Taylor MCIArb of The 36 Group 15th May
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Family law training materialsIn addition to signposting on Key aspects of family law practice, the following common areas of family law are introduced...
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15th May
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Networking and business development for family lawyersThe purpose of networking and business development is not to generate sales, leads or push a...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 15th May
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Pilot schemes in the Family CourtCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all...
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15th May
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Brexit—children proceedingsThis Practice Note provides guidance on the implications of Brexit specifically in relation to the three primary areas in...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 15th May
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Child Arrangements Programme—the procedure for section 8 applicationsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of...
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15th May
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Brexit and family lawAs of 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and no longer participated in the political institutions and...
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15th May

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