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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 12th Jan
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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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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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The power for the court to make spousal periodical payments orders on divorce is contained in section 23 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA...
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Produced in partnership with Nicholas Starks of St Ives Chambers 13th Feb
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The court is not specifically referred to the question of inherited assets or the parties’ inheritance prospects by section 25 of the Matrimonial...
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Produced in partnership with Nick Starks of St. Ives Chamber 13th Feb
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An application for a matrimonial order may be withdrawn at any time before it has been served by giving notice in writing to the court where the...
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13th Feb
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Personal belongings are viewed as chattels by the courts. Ideally, the division of chattels should be agreed by way of a schedule denoting the...
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13th Feb
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A non-molestation order is a protective order made by the family court that prevents a party from molesting another person with whom they are...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 13th Feb
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The rules governing service in family proceedings are contained in Part 6 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955 and the...
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13th Feb
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The starting point is section 23 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973), which gives the court jurisdiction to make lump sum orders and...
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Produced in partnership with Marissa Allman of The 36 Group 13th Feb
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A party to proceedings, like any other adult, is entitled to change their name at any time, whether before or after a financial consent order is made...
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Produced in partnership with Nicholas Starks of St Ives Chambers 13th Feb
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On an uncontested application for a matrimonial order, the applicant may apply for their costs. Respondents may not wish to challenge the application...
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13th Feb
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Once an application for a matrimonial order has been issued by the court (for example, an application for a decree of divorce), a copy of the...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 13th Feb
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The starting point in financial cases is the checklist set out in section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973). The court must have regard...
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13th Feb
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 13th Feb

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