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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 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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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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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 9th Nov
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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 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
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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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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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3rd Dec
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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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3rd Dec
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Brexit: The Retained General Data Protection Regulation, Retained Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (UK GDPR) regime described in this Practice Note is the UK...
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Brexit: On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU...
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Produced in partnership with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2nd Dec
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Brexit: The Retained General Data Protection Regulation, Retained Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (UK GDPR) regime described in this Practice Note is the UK...
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30th Nov
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Severance is the process by which a joint tenancy is converted into a tenancy in common. It is a matter of evidence whether severance has...
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29th Nov
Q&As
The Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955 do not address the issue of electronic signatures directly, although CPR are clear on the...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Colbey of Lamb Chambers 29th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding financial provision for children. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based...
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29th Nov
Practice notes
During the course of a marriage or civil partnership where one spouse or civil partner is entitled to occupy a property by virtue of a beneficial...
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29th Nov
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Client care is about providing a proper standard of service to clients. This Practice Note sets out the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) 2019...
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28th 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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28th Nov
Practice notes
Notices and restrictions may be used to afford some limited protection of an asset comprising land or property, which comprises registered land, in...
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28th Nov
Practice notes
Conflicts of interest can cause difficult and serious problems for solicitors and law firms, both from a compliance point of view and in client...
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28th Nov
Practice notes
From 25 November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations 2019 are in force, replacing the SRA Handbook and Code of...
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28th Nov
Q&As
Section 30 of the Family Law Act 1996 (FLA 1996) provides that where one spouse (or civil partner) has the right to occupy a dwelling house, the other...
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28th Nov
Q&As
This Q&A considers whether a Sears Tooth agreement can be entered into in a case brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 28th Nov
Q&As
Section 30 of the Family Law Act 1996 (FLA 1996) provides that where one spouse or civil partner is entitled to occupy a dwelling-house by virtue of...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 28th Nov

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