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Private children—paramountcy of the child's welfareThe paramountcy principleWhen any court determines any question with respect to:•the upbringing of...
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19th May
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Notice to show cause applications in family proceedingsIf one party considers that an agreement has been reached (usually in relation to financial...
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The grounds on which a marriage is voidableA decree of nullity granted after 31 July 1971 in respect of a voidable marriage operates to annul the...
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The meaning and scope of parental responsibilityDefinitionParental responsibility is concerned with the care and upbringing of a child until they grow...
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Statements of truth in family proceedingsDocuments that must be verified by a statement of truth in family proceedingsThe provisions regarding...
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19th 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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19th May
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Forced marriage protection ordersWhen sections 120–121 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014) came into effect on 16...
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19th May
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Can a Sears Tooth agreement be entered into in relation to proceedings under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 19th May
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Sears Tooth agreementsThe Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955, 1.1 sets out the overriding objective, including that dealing with a case justly...
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19th 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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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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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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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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In the Family CourtSitting at [court name]No: [case number][The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973ORThe Civil Partnership Act 2004ORThe Child Support Act...
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Drafting the terms of a financial consent orderThis Practice Note sets out the basic principles to be applied when drafting a financial consent order...
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