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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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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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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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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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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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A void marriage is one that will be treated by the court as never having taken place. The grounds on which a marriage will be void are set out in...
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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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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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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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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
Practice notes
This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners when considering an...
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9th Nov
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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
Precedents
In the Family Court sitting at [location][Case No]Between1[insert name] ApplicantAnd2[ insert name] RespondentStatement of issues for the First...
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9th Nov
Practice notes
A decree of nullity granted after 31 July 1971 in respect of a voidable marriage operates to annul the marriage with effect from decree absolute and...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note sets out the general principles to be applied by the court when considering whether to make a lump sum order within financial...
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9th Nov
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The procedure for an application for a declaration of parentage is governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt...
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9th Nov

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Solicitors Regulation Authority 2019 regulatory regimeFrom 25 November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations 2019...
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27th Jan
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This Practice Note sets out the implications as to the taking of evidence in the EU in relation to family proceedings as a result of Brexit and...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 18th Jan
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The most important rule is to be polite. If you are polite to everyone at all times, it is hard to go seriously wrong.The judgeMake sure all mobile...
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18th Jan
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There are certain protocols that need to be followed when addressing members of the judiciary. These protocols apply both to communications by way of...
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18th Jan
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IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s...
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17th Jan
Practice notes
File noteA file note (also known as an attendance note) should be prepared immediately after the first interview, and after every client...
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17th Jan
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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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17th Jan
Practice notes
In addition to signposting on Key aspects of family law practice, the following common areas of family law are introduced in this Practice Note (in...
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17th Jan
Practice notes
The court’s power to vary orders is set out in section 31 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) and in Schedule 5 to the Civil Partnership Act...
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17th Jan
Practice notes
IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s...
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Produced in partnership with Roy Martin QC and Denis Edwards of Terra Firma Chambers 13th Jan
Practice notes
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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13th Jan
Q&As
What is the relationship between the Withdrawal Agreement and domestic legislation?The relationship between the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement...
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11th Jan
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This Practice Note sets out the jurisdictional implications in relation to financial remedy family proceedings as a result of Brexit and considers the...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 11th Jan
Q&As
Retained EU law is a legal concept describing EU-derived legislation, rights and principles the UK plans to preserve in UK law after Brexit. It is a...
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Produced in partnership with Mathias Cheung of Atkin Chambers 11th Jan
Q&As
The jurisdiction of the courts to deal with applications for maintenance for the benefit of children is set out in Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989...
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Produced in partnership with Marissa Allman of The 36 Group 8th Jan
Practice notes
Family work is demanding in many ways that have nothing to do with the complexity of the black letter law. By their nature the family client is upset,...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 8th Jan
Practice notes
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 8th Jan
Practice notes
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unforeseen global event that has had significant ramifications for society and the economy. Family...
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Produced in partnership with Marc Samuels, Niki Langridge and Rhys Taylor MCIArb of The 36 Group 8th Jan
Practice notes
The purpose of networking and business development is not to generate sales, leads or push a promotion. Meeting individual people and getting to know...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 8th Jan
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Time is one of the great commodities of the family lawyer. As a profession, the emphasis has only recently begun to shift from selling time, through...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 8th Jan

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