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Child arrangements orders Since 22 April 2014, when section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came into effect, the terms 'residence' and 'contact' have...

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Family proceedings are governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955. The rules in respect of private law proceedings relating to children are...

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Civil and Family Service Centre at Stoke on Trent The Practice Note sets out the current practice regarding the issue of divorce petitions and financial remedy...

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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides information following the creation of divorce centres and the centralised issue of proceedings. It explains the location of...

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ARCHIVED: This Practice Note details key reforms to the family justice system in 2014. Future reforms will be set out in relevant Practice Notes and highlighted in the...

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ARCHIVED: This Practice Note details key reforms to the family justice system in 2014. Future reforms are set out in relevant Practice Notes and highlighted in the...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which courts...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the decision of the UK on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which...

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The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (M(SSC)A 2013) received royal assent on 17 July 2013. Its main purpose is to enable same-sex couples to marry, either in a civil...

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A number of pilot schemes are in operation in the Family Court. They are set out at Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 36 and the associated...

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On 22 April 2014, the Public Law Outline (PLO) 2014 for care, supervision and other proceedings under Part IV of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) came into effect as...

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This Practice Note sets out the current practice regarding the issue of divorce petitions, the phasing out of the regional divorce centres and the introduction of the...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which courts...

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This Practice Note sets out the purpose and structure of the Financial Remedies Court, which is a subsidiary structure within the Family Court. It addresses the types of...

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Following the publication of the Family Justice Review, in February 2012, the government accepted recommendations for a 'single Family Court'. The single Family Court...

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From 25 November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations 2019 are in force, replacing the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct 2011. Family...

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The President of the Family Division issued Practice Guidance (Transparency in the Family Courts) [2014] Lexis Citation 3 on 16 January 2014 regarding the publication of...

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