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The grounds on which a marriage is voidableA decree of nullity granted after 31 July 1971 in respect of a voidable marriage operates to annul the...
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19th May
Practice notes
Writ or warrant of possession of landA writ (High Court) or warrant (Family Court) of possession of land can be used to give effect to an order that...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 19th May
Practice notes
The Pensions Ombudsman—key decisions and cases up to 2017 [Archived]ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. It looks at...
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Produced in partnership with David Gallagher of Fieldfisher 19th May
Practice notes
Filing the divorce petition and supporting documentsThis Practice Note explains what documents must be filed with the petition when commencing...
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19th May
Q&As
Can a Sears Tooth agreement be entered into in relation to proceedings under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 19th May
Practice notes
Permission to apply for a section 8 orderCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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19th May
Practice notes
Procedure for an application for an occupation orderProcedure for an application for an occupation order—Covid-19In the exceptional circumstances of...
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19th May
Practice notes
The ground for divorceBar on petition for divorce within one year of marriageA petition for divorce cannot be presented to the court before the...
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19th May
Practice notes
Client care—family lawClient care is about providing a proper standard of service to clients. This Practice Note sets out the Solicitors Regulation...
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19th May
Practice notes
Pensions and judicial separationOn proceedings for judicial separation the court has the power to redistribute the benefits derived from pension...
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Produced in partnership with Rebecca Dziobon of Penningtons Manches Cooper 19th May
Practice notes
Defended divorce proceedingsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all...
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19th May
Q&As
Where an application has been made to extend the term of a non-molestation order, and a hearing listed, can the extension be agreed by consent? If so,...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 19th May
Practice notes
Freezing orders (Mareva)—family proceedingsA freezing order (formerly termed a Mareva injunction or order) is an interim injunction restraining a...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter of Deputy High Court judge and Recorder 19th May
Practice notes
Standard orders—general principles11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following...
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19th May
Precedents
In the Family CourtSitting at [court name]No: [case number][The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973ORThe Civil Partnership Act 2004ORThe Child Support Act...
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19th May
Precedents
To: Newcastle Pension Centre, Futures GroupThe Pension Service 9Mail Handling Site AWolverhamptonWV98 1LUUKDate: [insert date]Dear Pension ServiceOur...
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19th May

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Standard orders—arbitrationThis Practice Note provides information about, and access to, arbitration standard orders issued by the President of the...
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13th Jul
Q&As
Does the restriction in section 36(9) of the Trustee Act 1925 (TA 1925) (requiring the Court of Protection’s approval before an incapacitated trustee...
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Produced in partnership with Graham Stott of 3 Paper Buildings 13th Jul
Practice notes
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13th Jul
Practice notes
Brexit timelineOn 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU, with a majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU. On 29...
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13th Jul
Practice notes
Brexit legislation trackerThis Practice Note tracks the progress of UK legislation introduced as part of the legislative project associated with the...
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12th Jul
Practice notes
Court's case management powers—FPR 2010Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding...
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9th Jul
Practice notes
Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyersThis Practice Note sets out key news and guidance in relation to the coronavirus...
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9th Jul
Practice notes
Human rights in public children proceedingsAll family lawyers should be knowledgeable about the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) and the European...
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9th Jul
Practice notes
Possession and sale applications in respect of a bankrupt's family homeWhen the bankrupt's estate vests in the trustee in bankruptcy (trustee)...
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9th Jul
Practice notes
Factors which can give rise to the court not making an order for possession and sale of the family home—and the test it will applyThis Practice Note...
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9th Jul
Practice notes
Court of Protection case tracker—2021KM, Re [2021] EWCOP 42Court of Protection held that withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment was in patient’s best...
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9th Jul
Practice notes
Designation of local authorities for the purposes of care and supervision ordersThis Practice Note aims to provide guidance on the often controversial...
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Produced in partnership with Ruth Cabeza of Harcourt Chambers 8th Jul
Practice notes
The assets of the partiesSection 25(2)(a) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) provides that the court must have regard to:'…the income,...
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8th Jul
Practice notes
The impact of bankruptcy on divorce proceedingsThe impact that bankruptcy and divorce proceedings have on one another has been subject to several...
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8th Jul
Practice notes
Child Arrangements Programme—the procedure for section 8 applicationsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of...
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