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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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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
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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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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
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
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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
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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[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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Precedents
This document provides general guidance regarding changing a child’s name. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your...
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28th Nov
Precedents
In the Central Family CourtIn the Principal Registry of the Family DivisionSitting at First Avenue HouseCase No: [insert][The Matrimonial Causes Act...
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28th Nov
Precedents
This document provides general guidance for grandparents regarding an application for a child arrangements order that makes provision for contact with...
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28th Nov
Precedents
From: [insert child's previous forename and surname]To: [insert child's new forename and surname]This change of name Deed is made the [insert date and...
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28th Nov
Practice notes
This Practice Note provides information about, and access to, enforcement standard orders issued by the President of the Family Division, Sir James...
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27th Nov
Practice notes
This Practice Note provides information about, and access to, financial standard orders issued by the President of the Family Division, in his...
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27th Nov
Practice notes
This Practice Note provides information about, and access to, arbitration standard orders issued by the President of the Family Division on 30...
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26th Nov
Precedents
Note: On 30 November 2017 the then President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, issued additional guidance as to the use and status of financial...
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26th Nov
Practice notes
Care should be taken when drafting the terms of a periodical payments order to ensure that it reflects either the agreement reached, where it is to be...
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26th Nov
Practice notes
A matter will be privately funded where:•the client has agreed to pay their costs from their own resources, and•their obligation to pay is not...
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5th Oct
Practice notes
A list of useful website links to professional grou...
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28th Sep
Practice notes
The paramountcy principleWhen any court determines any question with respect to:•the upbringing of the child, or•the administration of the child's...
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27th Sep
Practice notes
This Practice Note provides information about, and access to, transparency standard orders issued by the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary on 2 December...
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26th Sep

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