Dedicated tools and resources for solicitors working in family courts.
Tools to help you to draft threshold statements, local authority case summaries and schedules of proposed findings in care proceedings following the revised public law outline, which is now being implemented on a pilot basis.
A suite of templates for practitioners to use when instructing experts in family proceedings. They have been developed to take account of new rules for the use of experts in family proceedings came into force on 31 January 2013, incorporating new Practice Direction 25.
The April 2014 changes in family law are the most significant for a generation. As part of those changes, the president of the Family Division has issued a comprehensive set of court documents.
Including a revised application form C110A, a guide to case management, a public law order flowchart and guidance from the president on various aspects of public law in the family court.
The new practice direction 27A aims to achieve consistency across the country in the family court and the Family Division of the High Court in the preparation of court bundles and in respect of other related matters.
The new practice direction 3A on mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs) supplements the MIAM rules in the Family Procedure Rules and sets out good practice to be followed by prospective respondents who are expected to attend a MIAM.
The president of the Family Court issued these private law prescribed orders on 23 May 2014.
The president of the Family Court issued the final public law prescribed orders on 23 May 2014: the case management order and the standard directions order.
The Family Procedure Rules have been updated with effect from 22 April 2014 to incorporate changes arising from the creation of the single family court and the implementation of many of the family justice provisions in the Children and Families Act 2014.
A new, consolidated version of the Rules has been produced which incorporates these changes. It also includes amendments arising from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.
This useful glossary from Pinnington Law will come in handy for both lawyers and non-lawyers.
Views and comments should be sent by email to Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group was tasked with exploring ways of improving the accessibility of the system for litigants in person and to identify ways of further improving good practice in financial remedy case, confined to matters of practice and procedure. Views and comments should be sent by email to Alex.email@example.com.
Please email policy adviser Nick Denys if you would like copies of the annexes.
Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division, has issued his 13th view on family law reform.
The report from the President's Children and Vulnerable Witness Group. The group reviewed the Family Justice Council's April 2010 Guidelines for Judges Meeting Children who are Subject to Family Proceedings, and the Family Justice Council's Working Party's December 2011 Guidelines on Children Giving Evidence in Family Proceedings  Fam Law 79.
If you want to share your thoughts on the proposals please email Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note from Simon Hughes on the changes to the family justice system that come into effect on 22 April 2014.
Information from the Ministry of Justice on the changes to the family law system.
The Ministry of Justice has produced some materials, including a leaflet, poster and video, to raise awareness of family mediation.
In this free half-hour podcast, James Carroll, co-chair of the Law Society’s Family Law Committee, provides an overview of the Children and Families Bill currently going through Parliament.
In this free half-hour podcast, Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales, provides an overview of the revised public law outline and the introduction of the 26-week time limit.
This free podcast identifies the key challenges that the new pilot public law outline presents. Topics include an evaluation of the triborough care proceedings pilot and a panel discussion of how lawyers can turn challenges into changes for the better.
In this free half hour podcast, Marilyn Stowe, author of the most popular blog on family law, shares her views on how to use social media as a family law solicitor. Marilyn discusses her use of various social media such as blogging, Twitter, and Tumblr.
This free webinar, hosted by the Borough of Islington Community Services Legal Team's head lawyer Uma Mehta, explains what key changes and procedural steps the revised public law outline brings in, what case management tools should be in place, how to achieve timely outcomes.
Sir Munby writes about the changes that are taking place in the family court system following the publication of the revised public law outline, including some useful advice on operating within the new regime.
Guidance from Cafcass on matters to take into account before a solicitor is appointed for a child. This guidance applies to both employed and self-employed practitioners who are appointed as guardians and who are therefore under a duty to appoint a solicitor for the child.
The presdient's children and vulnerable witness group reviewed the Family Justice Council’s April 2010 guidelines for judges meeting children who are subject to family proceedings, and the Council’s working party’s December 2011 guidelines on children giving evidence in family proceedings  Fam Law 79.
If you want to share your thoughts on the proposals please email the president's assistant secretary, Jo Wilkinson.
Prove your experience in representing the needs of vulnerable clients to prospective clients.