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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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15th Oct
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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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12th Oct
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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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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 Oct
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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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26th Sep
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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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26th Sep
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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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26th Sep
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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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26th Sep
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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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26th Sep
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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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26th Sep
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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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26th Sep
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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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26th Sep
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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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26th Sep
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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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26th Sep
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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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25th Sep
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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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25th Sep

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The court retains jurisdiction to make an order that a non-resident parent (NRP), or person by whom the relevant child has been treated as a child of...
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2nd Sep
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DefinitionParental responsibility is concerned with the care and upbringing of a child until they grow up.Under the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989)...
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25th Sep
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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 considering which courts...
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25th Sep
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Restriction on further applicationsSection 91(14) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) provides that when a court disposes of any application for an...
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25th Sep
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Presumption of continued parental involvementWhen section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came into force on 22 October 2014 it...
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25th Sep
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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...
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25th Sep
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GuardianshipA guardian is someone who has been formally appointed to take the place of the child's deceased parent.A guardian may only be appointed in...
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25th Sep
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Revocation by parent, guardian or special guardianThe appointment of a guardian by a parent, guardian or special guardian may be revoked in the...
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25th Sep
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Circumstances in which a special guardianship order may be madeThe court may make a special guardianship order (SGO):•as the result of a free-standing...
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25th Sep
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Although it is generally recognised that grandparents can play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, grandparents do not have an...
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25th Sep
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Presumption of continued parental involvementPursuant to section 1(2A) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989), which was inserted by section 11 of the...
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25th Sep
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The welfare of more than one childIn situations where the welfare of two children who have conflicting interests is inextricably linked, the court...
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25th Sep
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Support for special guardiansUnder the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989), local authorities have an obligation to make arrangements for the provision of...
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25th Sep
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Duration of special guardianship ordersA special guardianship order (SGO) will continue until the child attains the age of 18 unless it is discharged...
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25th Sep
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Who has parental responsibility?At birth•where the parents were married to each other, or from 2 December 2019 civil partners of each other at the...
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25th Sep
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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...
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25th Sep
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Child arrangements orders providing for a child to live with two or more personsSince 22 April 2014 residence and contact orders have been replaced by...
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25th Sep
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Child arrangements and contact orders—domestic abuse and harmA substituted Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), FPR 2010, PD 12J (Child...
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25th Sep
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This Practice Note deals with the circumstances where a claim is made for child support and paternity is disputed. It details the cases in which there...
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25th Sep
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This Practice Note provides information about, and access to, medical treatment standard orders issued by the President of the Family Division, Sir...
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25th Sep

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