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Our clear, concise practice notes and news reports give you an expert view – with direct links to the most authoritative sources, including the All England Law Reports, Family Court Reports and extracts from Butterworths Family Law Service. On everything from relationship breakdown, cohabitants and children law to financial provision, international family law and enforcement. And our up-to-date editable PDF forms and Smart Precedents (including detailed consent orders and marital agreements) take less time to draft.

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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
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
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
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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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
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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9th Nov

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Q&As
An application for a transcript is made in Form EX107 (Request for transcription of court or tribunal proceedings). See also notes for guidance (Form...
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28th Nov
Q&As
A means of payment order may only be made in relation to a ‘qualifying maintenance order’, generally a periodical payments order (final or interim). A...
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28th Nov
Q&As
The procedure for an application for a non-molestation order under the Family Law Act 1996 is provided for in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding the property rights of cohabitants and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding public law applications relating to children. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding applications for child arrangements orders. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding the filing at court of a financial consent order and statement of information in Form D81. Your...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding alternatives to court in family law matters including the requirement to attend a mediation...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This Agreement is made [insert day and month] 20[insert year]Parties1[Insert name] of [insert full address] (AB), and2[Insert name] of [insert full...
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28th Nov
Precedents
From: [insert full previous name of the person executing the deed]To: [insert full new name of the person executing the deed]This change of name Deed...
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28th Nov
Precedents
To: Newcastle Pension Centre, Futures GroupThe Pension Service 9Mail Handling Site AWolverhamptonWV98 1LUUKDate: [insert date]Dear Pension ServiceOur...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding the steps to take after reaching a financial agreement in order to obtain a court order to reflect...
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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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28th Nov
Precedents
[insert date]Dear [insert client’s name]Following on from the financial agreement reached between you and your [former] [husband OR wife OR civil...
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28th Nov
Precedents
Dear [insert organisation name]Our client: [insert name]Policy number: [insert policy number]We represent the [applicant OR respondent], [insert...
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28th Nov
Precedents
In the Central Family CourtSitting at First Avenue HouseCase No: [insert][The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973ORThe Civil Partnership Act 2004ORSchedule 1...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding applications for adoption by step-parents. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding cohabitation agreements. It explains what a cohabitation agreement is, why you might want to make...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding applications for specific issue and prohibited steps orders. Your family lawyer will be able to...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding separation agreements. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your...
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28th Nov

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