New Family Procedure Rules
New Family Procedure Rules 6th April 2011
All Family Practitioners need to be aware that the new Family Procedure Rules came into effect today 6th April.
These apply to all part of the Family Court including the Magistrates' Court, County Court and High Court.
New Practice Directions and Forms have been issued which should be used from today.
Ancillary Relief has been modernised to Financial Remedy but some of the old language like "petition" remain.
Regard should be had to the "overriding objective". in the Rule 1:
"enabling the court to deal with the cases justly having regard to any welfare issues involved"
The parties must help the court with this objective.
This is a significant change to the way courts actively manage Family cases. It is analogous to the Civil Procedure Rules.