Fast-track (shortened) financial remedy procedure
Fast-track (shortened) financial remedy procedure

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Fast-track (shortened) financial remedy procedure
  • Mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs)
  • Proceedings issued on or after 4 June 2018 to which the fast-track procedure applies
  • Proceedings issued prior to 4 June 2018
  • Procedure for applications issued on or after 4 June 2018
  • Procedure for applications issued on or after 22 April 2014 and prior to 4 June 2018
  • Request for change of applicable procedure

This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which courts have jurisdiction to determine a dispute. For guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit and family law.

The Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, were amended by the Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2018, SI 2018/440 with effect from 4 June 2018, primarily introducing new provisions as to ‘fast-track’ and ‘standard’ procedures to applications for a financial remedy. The ‘fast-track’ provisions were expanded to cover a wider range of applications, including where the application relates, inter alia, to an application for a periodical payments order only under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973), Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA 2004) or Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). Note that prior to 4 June 2018 the accelerated/shortened procedure applied more widely to an application for the variation of an order for a financial remedy, but the fast-track procedure is now limited to an application for variation of an order for periodical payments only (with conditions). The procedure for what was previously referred to as the shortened or accelerated procedure, and is now the ‘fast-track’ procedure, was also partially amended. The changes apply only to proceedings issued on or after 4 June 2018.