The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
In addition to signposting on Key aspects of family law practice, the following common areas of family law are introduced in this Practice Note (in alphabetical order):
Divorce and dissolution of civil partnership
Marital/civil partnership agreements
Prior to meeting a client or taking instructions, sufficient information should be taken over the telephone or by email to enable a conflict of interest check to be carried out. The check should be against the client, the other party and any relevant third parties. The full names of each person and any other name by which they have been known should be obtained—see Practice Note: Conflicts of interest—family law.
It may be helpful for the client to provide in advance of the first meeting a written statement of the parties' relationship, together with details of their financial circumstances where appropriate, perhaps using a questionnaire sent by email—see Precedent: Client instruction sheet BFLS 1E . Ask the client to bring any relevant documentation with them such as the marriage certificate (or registration certificate if civil partners), copies of any court orders and any written agreements.
Consideration will also need to be given to Funding issues.
A file note (also known as an attendance note) should be prepared immediately after the first interview, and after every client meeting/conversation thereafter,
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