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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When introduced by the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA 2004), civil partnerships related only to two people of the same sex. However, from 2 December...
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Once the decree absolute has been pronounced in relation to a divorce, it is a matter of public record, and therefore, anybody will be able to obtain...
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28th Nov
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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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28th Nov
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Irretrievable breakdown of a marriage may be proved by satisfying the court that the petitioner and the respondent have lived apart for a continuous...
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28th Nov
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The relevant costs provisions are set out in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 28 and the related Practice Direction, FPR...
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Where it is necessary in some way to amend an application for divorce, there are distinctions to be drawn between a further petition, an amended...
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The procedure for divorce and other matrimonial causes is covered by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 7.If the original...
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There are implications as to death benefits payable under a pension scheme where decree absolute has been pronounced, or in the event that the pension...
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Bigamy is forbidden by both civil and criminal law. A marriage will be declared null and void where a spouse was, at the time of the marriage, a party...
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Section 1 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1970 (LR(MP)A 1970) deals with the legal consequences of termination of a contract to...
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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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Permission to amend a petitionA petition may be amended without seeking the courts permission provided:•an answer has not been filed, and•whether or...
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The specific rules regarding the service of applications for matrimonial orders (petitions) are contained in Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010),...
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An application may be made to the court for it to consider the making of a decree nisi in the proceedings at any time after the time for filing the...
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28th Nov
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There are eight grounds on which a marriage celebrated after 31 July 1971 is voidable pursuant to section 12 (1) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding procedure for dissolving a civil partnership. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific...
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