Amendments concerning children as parties under the Family Law Act 1986 and changes to procedure and status of applications to set aside financial remedy orders. In force from 3 October.
These rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (S.I. 2010/2955) ("the FPR").
Rule 3 amends rule 8.20 of the FPR so that a child will not be automatically a party to proceedings for a declaration of parentage under section 55A of the Family Law Act 1986.
Rules 5 to 7 amend Part 16 of the FPR to make provision for when a child who is made a respondent to an application under section 55A of the Family Law Act 1986 must have a children's guardian or a litigation friend, and for circumstances when such a child may proceed without a children's guardian or litigation friend.
Rule 4 inserts new rule 9.9A into Part 9 of the FPR to set out the procedure for applications to set aside financial remedy orders.
Rule 8 amends rule 28.3 of the FPR to provide that applications under the new rule 9.9A are not financial remedy proceedings for the purpose of rule 28.
Made: 8th September 2016
Laid before Parliament: 12th September 2016
Coming into force: 3rd October 2016