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Family Procedures Rules 2010 - Practice Direction 3A - Pre-Application Protocol for Mediation Information
Date:14 FEB 2011

This Practice Direction supplements FPR Part 3 (Pre-Application Protocol for Mediation Information and Assessment)

Introduction

1.1 This Practice Direction applies where a person is considering applying for an order in family proceedings of a type specified in Annex B (referred to in this Direction as "relevant family proceedings").

1.2 Terms used in this Practice Direction and the accompanying Pre-action Protocol have the same meaning as in the FPR.

1.3 This Practice Direction is supplemented by the following Annexes:

(i) Annex A: The Pre-application Protocol ("the Protocol"), which sets out steps which the court will normally expect an applicant to follow before an application is made to the court in relevant family proceedings;

(ii) Annex B: Proceedings which are "relevant family proceedings" for the purposes of this Practice Direction; and

(iii) Annex C: Circumstances in which attendance at a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting is not expected.

Family Mediation Information and Assessment Form FM1

This form is to be used in connection with family proceedings to which Practice Direction 3A applies. It should be completed in accordance with the Pre-application

Protocol annexed to the Practice Direction and be filed with the court with any application made in proceedings to which the Practice Direction applies.

Where either Part 1 or Part 2 applies, the form must be completed and signed by the mediator concerned and counter-signed by the applicant or the applicant's legal representative.

Where either Part 3 or Part 4 applies, the form must be completed and signed by the applicant or the applicant's legal representative.