My client does not want to disclose their address in proceedings. What do I need to do?

I act in Children Act proceedings where my client requires that their contact address should not be disclosed. How do I proceed?

Rule 29.1 of the Family Procedure Rules (FPR) deals with non-disclosure of address.

It provides that a party is not required to reveal, among other things, their home address or other contact details unless the court directs otherwise.

Where a party does not wish to reveal those details, rule 29.1(2) FPR requires that the party give notice of those particulars to the court, which will not be revealed to any person unless the court directs otherwise.

Form C8 is the relevant form for your client to complete.

Be aware that court staff are not able to check documents submitted to the court for any unintentional disclosure of your client’s contact address. You should make sure that any forms or documents for use in court do not include it.

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