Preparation for the financial dispute resolution appointment
Preparation for the financial dispute resolution appointment

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

  • Preparation for the financial dispute resolution appointment
  • Checklist of issues to consider
  • Best practice
  • Costs estimates

This Practice Note sets out guidance on the preparation required for the financial dispute resolution appointment (FDR) in terms of procedure and strategy, including:

  1. a checklist of issues to consider

  2. best practice, and

  3. costs estimates

For practical guidance on the conduct of the FDR hearing, see Practice Note: Conduct of the financial dispute resolution appointment and for cases where the use of a private FDR is to be considered, see Practice Note: Private financial dispute resolution appointments and early neutral evaluation.

Additional considerations apply where the application is dealt with in the Financial Remedies Court, see Practice Note: The Financial Remedies Court — Best practice.

At least a month before the financial dispute resolution (FDR) appointment is a sensible time to review the file and ensure that all directions have been complied with and all issues addressed. It is sometimes the case that an issue has not been properly addressed and that will prevent constructive discussions at the FDR hearing. See also Practice Note: Follow-up action after first appointment.

Regard should be had to the court’s case management powers and the overriding objective set out in the Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955, Pts 1 and 4 (FPR 2010). See Practice Notes: FPR 2010—overriding objective and Court's case management powers—FPR 2010.

Checklist of issues to consider

The following is a checklist of issues