The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice, which profoundly affects normal practice, including requirements for the majority of family hearings to be dealt with remotely. For details about the changes to court processes and procedures during this time, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers. In addition, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription). This Practice Note sets out the procedure prior to the pandemic and during this period of disruption to the justice system, practitioners should be aware that local practice may vary.
The respondents to applications under the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 18 will be:
where there are existing proceedings or the proceedings have been concluded:
the parties to those proceedings, and
if the proceedings relate to a forced marriage under FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, Pt 11, the person who is the subject of the proceedings
where there are no existing proceedings :
if notice of intention to adopt or to apply for an order under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 has been given the local authority to whom notice
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