Statements of truth in family proceedings
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

This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners when considering an application under Article 56 of the Maintenance Regulation on the form in Annex VI or VII to that Regulation. This Practice Note sets out the current position on  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

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