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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
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
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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
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
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
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
Practice notes
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 filing a divorce petition via a paper application the marriage certificate must be filed with the petition. If it is not possible to lodge the...
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22nd Feb
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This Practice Note details who can be adopted and who can adopt, together with the conditions to be satisfied, adoption reports and procedural issues....
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22nd 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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22nd Feb
Practice notes
On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be a member of the EU and EEA. Given the extensive data flows between the EEA and UK, equivalent EEA data...
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Produced in partnership with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 22nd Feb
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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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22nd Feb
Practice notes
Membership of the European Union has steadily grown since its founding members formed the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952, followed by the...
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22nd Feb
Practice notes
Solicitors are not expected to be able to make a clinical diagnosis of a person's mental state but there are a number of tests and assessments that...
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22nd Feb
Practice notes
DutiesThe duties of court-appointed deputies are set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005) and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice...
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22nd Feb
Practice notes
Although the Court of Protection (the court) can make a one-off order in respect of a person who lacks capacity, this is not always the best solution....
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22nd Feb
Practice notes
In this Practice Note, the term ‘cohabitant’ is used to refer to an unmarried partner (other than a civil partner) of a member.This Practice Note also...
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19th 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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18th Feb
Practice notes
This Practice Note provides an introduction to retained EU law. It provides an overview of the key definitions and concepts with reference to the...
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Produced in partnership with Dr. Kieran Laird of Gowling WLG 18th Feb
Practice notes
The UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU took effect at 11 pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day). At this point, the withdrawal period under Article 50 TEU...
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Produced in partnership with Kieran Laird of Gowling WLG 18th Feb
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ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects relevant prior to/during the...
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Produced in partnership with Adam Cygan of University of Leicester 18th Feb
Practice notes
On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU, with a majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU. On 29 March 2017,...
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18th Feb
Practice notes
Documents that must be verified by a statement of truth in family proceedingsThe provisions regarding statements of truth in family proceedings are...
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17th Feb
Practice notes
What is domestic abuse?There is no statutory offence of domestic violence or domestic abuse, however, it generally refers to any incident of...
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17th 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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17th Feb
Practice notes
For all those appointed by the Court of Protection to act as a deputy for property and financial affairs or health and welfare, either as a lay deputy...
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Produced in partnership with Patricia Wass, Holly Miéville-Hawkins and Nikki Bedford of Enable Law, part of the Foot Anstey LLP group 16th Feb

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