Standard orders—private children
Standard orders—private children

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

  • Standard orders—private children
  • Finalised private children standard orders
  • Format of standard orders
  • Litigants in person

This Practice Note provides information about, and access to, private children standard orders issued by the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, on 6 June 2018, and related LexisNexis® Family content. For details of the background and history of the standard orders project, see Practice Note: Standard orders—general principles. For practical guidance on private children generally, see:

  1. Child arrangements orders—overview

  2. Child Arrangements Programme—the procedure for section 8 applications

  3. Specific issue orders—overview

  4. Prohibited steps orders—overview

  5. Parental responsibility—overview

  6. Special guardianship—overview

  7. Guardianship—overview

The President issued guidance as to the use and status of standard orders within family proceedings, together with two separate batches of orders, on 30 November 2017 and 6 June 2018 (plus addendum). The issue of the orders followed a series of consultations. See News Analysis: Financial and enforcement standard orders to be placed on a more ‘formal footing’ and President issues guidance and the final batch of standard family orders.

The use of the standard orders is not obligatory, but is strongly encouraged. In his guidance dated 30 November 2017, the President said that ‘the time has now come for these draft orders to be placed on a more formal footing’. The President confirmed that the versions attached to his guidance of 30 November 2017 and 6 June 2018 are the only definitive versions. The link