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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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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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19th May
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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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Writ or warrant of possession of landA writ (High Court) or warrant (Family Court) of possession of land can be used to give effect to an order that...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 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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DesertionThe Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955 (FPR 2010) have introduced a change in the terminology in divorce proceedings. There are...
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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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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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Applications under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by HMCTS, regarding proceedings...
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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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Defended divorce proceedingsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all...
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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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Void and voidable marriagesThe Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) sets out the grounds on which a marriage is void or voidable and the bars...
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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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19th May
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Application to vary, extend or discharge a non-molestation or occupation orderCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the...
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19th May

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Costs in children proceedingsThis Practice Note explains the principles applied in relation to costs in children proceedings (private and public) and...
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31st Jul
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Can admissions contained in 'without prejudice' documentation in children matters be admissible ie where correspondence is marked 'without prejudice'...
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Produced in partnership with Kirstie Danton of St Ives Chambers 31st Jul
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Evidence in private law children proceedingsNote that on 21 November 2017, the Ministry of Justice issued guidance on a police investigation into the...
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31st Jul
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Emergency prohibited steps and child arrangements ordersCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family...
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31st Jul
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Standard orders—private childrenThis Practice Note provides information about, and access to, private children standard orders issued by the President...
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31st Jul
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The parties to children proceedings have been ordered to provide a position statement in response to a CAFCASS report. Should the content of the...
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Produced in partnership with Maria Scotland of 5 St Andrews Hill 31st Jul
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Non-court dispute resolution—mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs)Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the...
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31st Jul
Q&As
The respondent in proceedings under the Children Act 1989 is unable to attend a dispute resolution appointment because of a holiday. What is the...
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Produced in partnership with Tori Adams of 4 King’s Bench Walk 31st Jul
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Permission to apply for a section 8 orderCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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31st Jul
Q&As
In proceedings for a child arrangements order, is permission required from the court in order to lodge evidence or a bundle/position statement before...
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Produced in partnership with Adreeja Chatterjee of No5 31st Jul
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Wasted costsMisconduct and wasted costs ordersA wasted costs order is an order:•that a legal representative pay a sum (either specified or to be...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter of Deputy High Court judge and Recorder 31st Jul
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Service of documents in family proceedings other than applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders in the United KingdomCoronavirus...
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31st Jul
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Scientific (DNA) tests within family proceedingsUnder Part III of the Family Law Reform Act 1969 (FLRA 1969), in civil proceedings in which the...
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