Practising your Practice Directions….

14 May

The new single family court is now up and running and whilst there was some lead in to the same, many of you will still be getting to grips with the various resultant changes.  Part of that will involve familiarising yourselves with amendments to the Family Procedure Rules which were updated to incorporate the changes, and which came into effect on 22 April 2014.

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The new single family court is now up and running and whilst there was some lead in to the same, many of you will still be getting to grips with the various resultant changes.  Part of that will involve familiarising yourselves with amendments to the Family Procedure Rules which were updated to incorporate the changes, and which came into effect on 22 April 2014.  For those of you who have not yet spotted this, a consolidated version of the Family Procedure Rules has been produced and can be viewed at www.justice.gov.uk/family-justice-reform. The consolidated version also includes amendments arising from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 which came into effect on 15 March 2014.  Particularly useful to practitioners is the fact that the site highlights for us those Practice Directions that have seen substantive changes, with links to the same.  Care practitioners look out in particular for the changes to PD 12A (the Public Law Outline) and private law practitioners for the changes to PD12B (the Child Arrangements Programme) which replaces the Private Law Programme.  Get to grips with the new terminology – for example residence orders are no longer – and take a look also at the ‘CAP’ documents. 

Leanne Buckley-Thomson

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