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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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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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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
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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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1st Sep
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23rd Aug
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Under what provisions in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 may a father with parental responsibility be removed as a party to care proceedings? What...
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19th Aug
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When is permission required to file expert evidence in children proceedings?Legislative provisionsThe legislative provisions regarding expert evidence...
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18th Aug
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In care proceedings, are all respondents entitled to view all documents in the court bundle, or can documents be removed and/or redacted? If so, who...
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18th Aug
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Where care proceedings have been consolidated following the birth of another baby during the original proceedings, in what circumstances would the...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 18th Aug
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Can a party in care proceedings make an application to instruct an expert where an application has already been refused?In accordance with the Family...
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18th Aug
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Costs in public law children proceedingsThis Practice Note provides guidance on the costs principles and case law that specifically apply to public...
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18th Aug
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Litigants in person and McKenzie friends—public lawThis Practice Note sets out guidance and best practice in cases where a party is acting in person...
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18th Aug
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Appeals in public law children proceedingsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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Preparation of court bundles in family proceedingsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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18th Aug
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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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