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Changes to the Family Court: where are we now?

Date:4 MAY 2016
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Andrew Newbury and Claire Reid, Slater and Gordon

Since 2014 there have been a number of changes to the Family Court procedures in England and Wales. In this article, Andrew Newbury and Claire Reid provide an overview of those changes and summarise the present position (to March 2016).

Using information from HMCTS and Resolution (who are working closely with HMCTS), they set out the key changes for court users. They discuss how the divorce centres are working in the light of these changes, and consider the interface between divorce and financial remedy proceedings. They also look at the recently revised guidance on the efficient conduct of financial remedy hearings before High Court judges, providing a useful summary of the most important new procedural rules for financial remedy cases. What should court bundles consist of and how should preliminary documents be drafted?

This article also looks at the new Financial Remedies Unit within the Central Family Court and the Certificate of Financial Complexity.

As a final note, reference is made to a recent letter from HHJ Robin, the designated family judge and endorsed by the President of the Family Division, about guardians ad litem and their attendance at court.

The full version of this article appears in the May 2016 issue of Family Law. 

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