The Family Court—allocation and transfer of proceedings
The Family Court—allocation and transfer of proceedings

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

  • The Family Court—allocation and transfer of proceedings
  • Terminology and jurisdiction
  • Composition of the Family Court
  • Allocation of proceedings
  • Reconsideration of allocation
  • Transfer of proceedings
  • Divorce centres and Courts and Tribunal Service Centres
  • Transitional provisions

This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which courts have jurisdiction to determine a dispute. For guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit and family law. This Practice Note sets out the current position on the allocation and transfer of proceedings.

The single Family Court came into effect on the 22 April 2014. As a consequence, there were significant changes to the allocation and transfer of proceedings. In addition, Subsequently, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) established a network of 11 centralised divorce centres within England and Wales to handle the issue of divorce petitions and financial remedy applications—see Practice Note: Divorce centres.

In January 2018, the then President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, issued his 18th View from the President’s Chambers and announced the launch of the Financial Remedies Court pilots and the proposed structure and geography of the Financial Remedies Court, see News Analysis: President issues 18th View as to Financial Remedy Court pilots and standard orders. Subsequently a national lead judge and deputy lead judge have been appointed and guidance was issued in November 2019 as to the Financial Remedies Court zones and the appointment of a lead judge for each zone. Specific considerations apply as to an application in the Financial Remedies Court

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