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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
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
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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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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
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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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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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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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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Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado of Andes Legal Consulting Ltd 3rd Mar
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by procedural changes in response to the coronavirus...
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3rd Mar
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Non-molestation orders are governed by section 42 of the Family Law Act 1996 (FLA 1996). A non-molestation order is an order containing a provision...
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3rd Mar
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Order appointing the deputyUnless the application and notification procedure give rise to any queries or objections, and provided at least 14 days...
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3rd Mar
Precedents
Case number [insert number][In the principal registryORIn the [insert court location] FAMILY court]Sitting at [insert place]Notice of...
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3rd Mar
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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3rd Mar
Practice notes
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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2nd Mar
Practice notes
There are a number of circumstances in which the costs provisions of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (CPR), SI 1998/3132 will apply to proceedings...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 2nd Mar
Practice notes
This Practice Note explains what documents must be filed with the petition when commencing proceedings for a divorce (an application for a matrimonial...
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2nd Mar
Practice notes
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by HMCTS, regarding proceedings in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19)...
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2nd Mar
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Pre-action protocolThere is no specific pre-action protocol relating to claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA...
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2nd Mar
Practice notes
ARCHIVED: This Practice Note details key reforms to the family justice system in 2014. Future reforms will be set out in relevant Practice Notes and...
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2nd Mar
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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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2nd Mar
Q&As
The position regarding an application for financial orders subsequent to the remarriage of a party is provided for by section 28(3) of the Matrimonial...
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2nd Mar
Practice notes
Client care is about providing a proper standard of service to clients. This Practice Note sets out the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) 2019...
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2nd Mar
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ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. It tracks the progress of UK primary legislation introduced as part of the...
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