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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
Practice notes
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
Practice notes
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
Practice notes
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
Practice notes
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
Practice notes
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
Practice notes
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
Practice notes
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
Practice notes
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
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
Practice notes
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
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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While a victim of crime can bring a civil claim for damages for personal injuries against an attacker, this is only worthwhile if the prospective...
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Produced in partnership with Neil Sugarman of GLP Solicitors 25th Feb
Practice notes
The Public Guardian is a statutory office-holder and an appointee of the Lord Chancellor. The holder of the role of Public Guardian is also chief...
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25th Feb
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The role of the Court of Protection Visitor is a long-standing one, which operated under the jurisdiction of the Mental Health Act 1983 in the form of...
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25th Feb
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There are court fees and disbursements which will be payable by all applicants on making a new application to the court. In addition, fees are payable...
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IntroductionThis Practice Note sets out when decisions made by the Court of Protection can be reconsidered; how they can be appealed, and the basis...
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Produced in partnership with Alex Ruck Keene of 39 Essex Chambers 25th Feb
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On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be a member of the EU and EEA. This Practice Note introduces:•the General Data Protection Regulation, Regulation...
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24th Feb
Practice notes
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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24th Feb
Practice notes
Under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 (MFPA 1984) spouses who have been divorced overseas and who have a connection with...
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24th Feb
Practice notes
This Practice Note details the approach taken by the courts when dealing with an application under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings...
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24th Feb
Practice notes
The Presumption of Death Act 2013 (PDA 2013) came into force on 1 October 2014 and extends to England and Wales only. Previously, there had been a...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter 24th Feb
Q&As
The claim formAny claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (I(PFD)A 1975) must be brought in accordance...
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24th Feb
Q&As
This Q&A looks at the impact of Brexit on cross-border transfers of personal data involving the UK and EEA, under the General Data Protection...
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24th Feb
Practice notes
This Practice Note sets out key news and guidance in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) relevant to family proceedings. It also deals with issues...
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24th Feb
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ARCHIVED: This Practice Note details key reforms to the family justice system in 2014. Future reforms are set out in relevant Practice Notes and...
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24th Feb
Practice notes
How to use this indexThis Practice Note provides an index and links to Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, the main procedural rules...
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24th Feb
Practice notes
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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24th Feb
Practice notes
The Family Procedure Rules 2010 and Court of Protection Rules 2017 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/517 make amendments that remove...
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24th Feb
Practice notes
Following the pilot scheme under Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), PD 36I (Pilot scheme: Procedure for online filing of certain applications for...
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24th Feb
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