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Occupation ordersCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the...
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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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Declarations of parentage—procedureThe procedure for an application for a declaration of parentage is governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR...
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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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Pensions and judicial separationOn proceedings for judicial separation the court has the power to redistribute the benefits derived from pension...
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Produced in partnership with Rebecca Dziobon of Penningtons Manches Cooper 19th May
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Mesher and Martin ordersThe court may consider it appropriate for one party to remain in a property, with the other party retaining an interest in...
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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
Precedents
Dear [insert organisation][insert case name] [insert case reference number]We enclose our client’s application for decree nisi to be made absolute.The...
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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
Q&As
Where an application has been made to extend the term of a non-molestation order, and a hearing listed, can the extension be agreed by consent? If so,...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 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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Reports under section 37 of the Children Act 1989Under section 37 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989), the court has the power to order an...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 19th May
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General principles—lump sum ordersThis Practice Note sets out the general principles to be applied by the court when considering whether to make a...
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19th May
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Standard orders—general principles11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following...
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19th May

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Secure accommodation ordersSection 25 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) (in England) and section 119 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales)...
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22nd Sep
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Procedure—special guardianship applicationsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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22nd Sep
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Jurisdictional issues in children proceedings11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 20th Sep
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Adoption ordersThis Practice Note details who can be adopted and who can adopt, together with the conditions to be satisfied, adoption reports and...
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20th Sep
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Public children—emergency protection ordersCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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17th Sep
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Public children—Public Law Outline 2014Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding...
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17th Sep
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Adoption—placement ordersPrinciplesWith the abolition of the power to apply for freeing orders, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002)...
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17th Sep
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Termination, discharge and variation of care and supervision ordersCare orders—generalA care order ends when the child reaches 18 or if brought to an...
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17th Sep
Q&As
In care proceedings where the local authority’s final plan is for only private law orders to be made, is there still a need or requirement to agree a...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 17th Sep
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Public children—contact with looked after childrenCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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17th Sep
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Education supervision ordersCoronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020)....
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17th Sep
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Human rights in public children proceedingsAll family lawyers should be knowledgeable about the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) and the European...
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9th Sep
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Public law fact-finding and split hearingsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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1st Sep
Q&As
Are there any rules around the recording of Child Protection Conferences? Can individuals record them via an electronic device despite the usual...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 24th Aug
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Expert evidence in public children proceedingsThis Practice Note deals with expert evidence in public law children proceedings, including in care and...
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23rd Aug
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Placing children with a connected person as a foster carerPlease note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The...
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Produced in partnership with Joy Hopkinson of London Borough of Lambeth Council 19th Aug
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Local authority duties towards children looked after by themPlease note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England....
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Produced in partnership with Matthew Fletcher and Nasstassia Hylton of 1 Garden Court 19th Aug
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Care plans and looked after child reviewsChapter 1 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (CASWA 2017) introduces an obligation on local authorities...
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Produced in partnership with Tom Higgin of Suffolk County Council 19th Aug

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