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

The Family Court—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. See: Divorce centres and Courts and Tribunal Service 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, see News Analysis: President issues 18th View as to Financial Remedy Court pilots and standard orders. Specific considerations apply as to an application in the Financial Remedies Court as to allocation, including as to allocation to a High Court judge, see Practice Notes: The Financial Remedies Court and Financial remedy proceedings allocated to a High Court judge. On 5 February 2021, the national and deputy lead judges for the Financial Remedies Court, Mostyn J and HHJ Hess, issued guidance confirming that the Financial Remedies Courts are no longer pilot schemes but instead an established and permanent part of the Family Court. See News Analysis: New guidance on issue and allocation in the Financial Remedies Court.

See also Practice Notes: The Family Court—judicial allocation and Issuing private children proceedings in the Family Court.

For guidance on the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) and IP completion day (11 pm on 31 December 2020), see Practice Notes:

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