Statements of truth in family proceedings

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

  • Statements of truth in family proceedings
  • Documents that must be verified by a statement of truth in family proceedings
  • Form of the statement of truth
  • Who can sign the statement of truth in family proceedings
  • Statement of truth signed by a legal representative
  • Electronic signatures
  • What if someone is unable to read or sign documents to be verified by a statement of truth?
  • Consequences of failure to verify with a statement of truth
  • False statements of truth

Statements of truth in family proceedings

Documents that must be verified by a statement of truth in family proceedings

The provisions regarding statements of truth in family proceedings are contained in Part 17 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955, (FPR 2010) and in the supporting Practice Direction, FPR 2010, PD 17A, which prescribes the forms of words to be used in statements of truth.

A statement of truth must be included in a number of different documents. The deponent is required to verify that they have an honest belief in the accuracy of the content of the document ie that they believe the facts stated in the document are true.

A false statement may be the subject of contempt proceedings. See: False statements of truth.

The following documents must be verified by a statement of truth:

  1. a statement of case—this means the whole or part of, an application form or answer (application form means a document in which the applicant states their intention to seek a court order other than in accordance with the Part 18 procedure) except that it does not include:

    1. an application under Article 56 of the Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and cooperation in matters relating to maintenance obligations (EU Maintenance Regulation) made on the form in Annex VI or VII to that Regulation

    2. an application under Article 10 of the

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