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President approves, reissues and "strongly encourages the use of" the standard family orders

The orders, though not mandatory, should become the starting point for all family court drafting says President.

  • New Presidential Guidance issued today has reinforced his call to make standard family orders "the starting point, and, I would hope and expect, usually the finishing point, of the drafting exercise".

    While stopping short of making use of the orders mandatory, partly because the IT systems in the family court are not yet up to it, he "strongly encourages" their use and has decided that

    "the time has now come for these draft orders to be placed on a more formal footing. I do so in order to promote national consistency, and to avoid for the future, so far as possible, ambiguities in the meaning of the wording of an order. "

    The approved set of orders has been edited in accordance with the House Rules first issued in 2013. The orders are colour coded. The text in red colouring is used where a selection has to be made by the person drafting the order. The text in SMALL CAPITALS with green colouring is where the draft orders incorporate an editorial comment.

    Aside from the editing exercise there is one significant change in the wording of the original financial remedy order concerning pension sharing where an order has been agreed but one of the parties dies before it has been implemented.

    The approved orders are being added to the Family Law Hub today and will be available under a new Orders tab under the Browse Content drop-down menu. In due course we will also add useful practice guidance written by HHJ Edward Hess, extracted from the forthcoming Standard Family Orders Handbook to be published by Class Legal in January 2018. The guidance will be available to paying Hub members.

    In the meantime the zip file containing the entire collection is available to download from the right hand panel. You can read the full Guidance and the House Rules here.

News, published: 30/11/2017



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Published: 30/11/2017


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