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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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19th May
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Applications under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by HMCTS, regarding proceedings...
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19th May
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Declarations of parentage—procedureThe procedure for an application for a declaration of parentage is governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR...
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19th May
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Client care—family lawClient care is about providing a proper standard of service to clients. This Practice Note sets out the Solicitors Regulation...
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19th May
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Pensions and judicial separationOn proceedings for judicial separation the court has the power to redistribute the benefits derived from pension...
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Produced in partnership with Rebecca Dziobon of Penningtons Manches Cooper 19th May
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Mesher and Martin ordersThe court may consider it appropriate for one party to remain in a property, with the other party retaining an interest in...
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19th May
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Defended divorce proceedingsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all...
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19th May
Precedents
Dear [insert organisation][insert case name] [insert case reference number]We enclose our client’s application for decree nisi to be made absolute.The...
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19th May
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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regime 2019 for family lawyersFrom 25 November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and...
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19th May
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Void and voidable marriagesThe Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) sets out the grounds on which a marriage is void or voidable and the bars...
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19th May
Q&As
Where an application has been made to extend the term of a non-molestation order, and a hearing listed, can the extension be agreed by consent? If so,...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 19th May
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Freezing orders (Mareva)—family proceedingsA freezing order (formerly termed a Mareva injunction or order) is an interim injunction restraining a...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter of Deputy High Court judge and Recorder 19th May
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Reports under section 37 of the Children Act 1989Under section 37 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989), the court has the power to order an...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 19th May
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General principles—lump sum ordersThis Practice Note sets out the general principles to be applied by the court when considering whether to make a...
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19th May
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Standard orders—general principles11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following...
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19th May

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Setting aside financial orders including Barder events where no error of the court allegedBackgroundFor a considerable time there had been doubt and...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter of Deputy High Court judge and Recorder 20th Sep
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Issuing financial proceedings in Form A (standard procedure)The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2018, SI 2018/440, amended the Family Procedure...
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20th Sep
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Public children—Public Law Outline 2014Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding...
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17th Sep
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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 Sep
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Non-molestation ordersCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings...
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14th Sep
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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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6th Sep
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Court's case management powers—FPR 2010Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding...
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27th Aug
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FPR 2010, Part 18 applications—procedureCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding...
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20th Aug
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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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18th Aug
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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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18th Aug
Practice notes
Procedure for an application for a non-molestation orderProcedure for an application for a non-molestation order—Covid-19In the exceptional...
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18th Aug
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Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyersThis Practice Note sets out key news and guidance in relation to the coronavirus...
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18th Aug
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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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18th Aug
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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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18th Aug
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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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18th Aug
Practice notes
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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18th Aug
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Periodical payments—variation—procedureCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding...
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18th Aug
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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 18th Aug
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The Courts and Tribunals Service Centre and divorce centresThis Practice Note sets out the current practice regarding the issue of divorce petitions,...
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