Periodical payments—variation—procedure
Periodical payments—variation—procedure

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

  • Periodical payments—variation—procedure
  • Legislative provisions
  • Procedure for applications issued on or after 4 June 2018 (fast-track)
  • Procedure for applications issued on or after 22 April 2014 and prior to 4 June 2018
  • Request for change of applicable procedure
  • Proceedings issued on or after 4 June 2018
  • Proceedings issued before 4 June 2018

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.

Changes to the procedure on an application for variation of a financial remedy order came into effect on 22 April 2014. The Family Procedure (Amendment No 3) Rules 2013, SI 2013/3204 amended the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 9, Ch 5 (SI 2010/2955, 9.18–9.21A), so that the accelerated (or shortened) financial remedy procedure applied to a variation application. That remains the position where an application was issued prior to 4 June 2018.

For applications issued on or after 4 June 2018, the Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2018, SI 2018/440 amended FPR 2010 and introduced

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