Issuing financial proceedings in Form A (standard procedure)
Issuing financial proceedings in Form A (standard procedure)

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

  • Issuing financial proceedings in Form A (standard procedure)
  • Pre-action
  • Applications to which the standard procedure applies
  • Reasons for issuing an application in Form A
  • How to complete Form A
  • How to issue Form A
  • Divorce centres and the Courts and Tribunals Service Centre—centralised issue of proceedings

The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2018, SI 2018/440, amended the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, primarily introducing new provisions as to ‘fast-track’ and ‘standard’ procedures in relation 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 previously an application for variation of a financial remedy order came under the accelerated procedure, but only an application for variation of a periodical payments order (with exceptions) will now be dealt with under the fast-track. 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, with transitional provisions in place.

FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, 9.3(1), ie the interpretation provisions in relation to FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, Pt 9 (Applications for a Financial Remedy), was amended to insert the following definitions:

  1. ‘fast-track procedure’ means the procedure set out in FPR 2010, Pt 9, Ch 5 (SI 2010/2955, 9.18–9.21A), which was previously titled ‘Procedure After Filing Particular Applications’ and is

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