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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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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 12th Jan
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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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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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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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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
Practice notes
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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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
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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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9th Nov
Practice notes
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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Initially, the application for a decree nisi to be made absolute can only be made by the spouse who obtained the decree nisi. The general approach is...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
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The procedure for making an application for a decree nisi is set out in Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 7. Where the case is...
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Produced in partnership with Tori Adams of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
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Cross-decreesThere is one ground for a divorce, and that is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. However, the court cannot make a finding...
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Produced in partnership with Tori Adams of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
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At present the law of England and Wales requires fault for a marriage to be dissolved. Section 1 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973)...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
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Case studyOne party to a marriage (A) without the knowledge of the other party (B) filed a petition containing serious allegation against B, who,...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
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There are various ways in which a divorce petition may be served. In the first instance, petitions will usually be served by first class post along...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
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In order for a court to find that a marriage has irretrievably broken down, the court must be satisfied of one or more of the following facts,...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
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A divorce petition may be served by way of personal service in accordance with Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, 6.7, or by...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
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The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA 2004) enables a person who has changed their gender to apply for a gender recognition certificate (GRC). If a GRC...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
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Judicial separation is an alternative form of separation to a divorce, whereby parties will be formally separated as sanctioned by the court, but they...
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Produced in partnership with Tori Adams of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
Q&As
It is assumed that this Q&A is asking about personal service of a divorce petition, given the reference to the ‘petitioner’. In the first instance, a...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 8th Jan
Practice notes
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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6th Jan
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This Practice Note sets out the current practice regarding the issue of divorce petitions, the phasing out of the regional divorce centres and the...
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5th Jan
Practice notes
IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s...
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5th Jan
Precedents
Dear [insert respondent’s name]Your [wife OR husband]’s divorce petition asking that your marriage be brought to an end has now been processed by the...
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4th Jan

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