FPR 2010—overriding objective
FPR 2010—overriding objective

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

  • FPR 2010—overriding objective
  • Introduction
  • Requirements
  • Case management
  • Key points


The overriding objective is set out in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, 1.1, with the aim of enabling the court to deal with cases justly, having regard to any welfare issues involved.

While the concept of an overriding objective was introduced by the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, it is not entirely new to family law and has been referred to in preceding practice directions. The concept of an overriding objective also received judicial encouragement prior to the FPR 2010.


Dealing with a cases justly includes:

  1. ensuring cases are dealt with expeditiously and fairly

  2. dealing with the case in ways which are proportionate to the nature, import