Family Procedure Rules

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[This page was last updated on 1 July 2015]

14 November 2016

Rule 14.2 of the FPR has been amended to provide for the automatic assignment of serial numbers in applications for adoptions and certain other related proceedings in order to keep the identity of the applicants confidential from persons in the proceedings who are unaware of their identity.

Update 03 October 2016

Amendments to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and associated Practice Directions came into effect on 3 October 2016.

The effect of the Rule amendments are:

  • to remove the automatic party status of a child (other than a child applicant) in an application for a declaration of parentage, leaving the court discretion over whether to make such a child a party or not;
  • to make new provision about when a child who is made a party to an application for a declaration of parentage should have a children’s guardian, or should have a litigation friend, or may proceed without either;
  • to insert new Rules for applications to set aside a financial remedy order of the court where no error of the court is alleged.

The Practice Direction amendments include:

  • alterations to the provisions for exemptions from attendance at a statutory Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (“MIAM”) to provide for various forms of evidence in relation to domestic violence to now relate to a past sixty month period and a new exemption on the ground of financial abuse;
  • make further provisions relating to the operation of new setting aside rules in rule 9.9A of the 2010 Rules;
  • allow for disclosure of information from certain family proceedings by a party’s legal representative to a professional indemnity insurer without that amounting to a potential contempt of court;
  • amend Practice Direction 30A in relation to appeals to:
    • reflect changes to the routes of certain appeals from the family court as a result of The Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2016 which comes into effect 3 October 2016
    • make provision for smaller court bundles in appeals to the High Court;
    • clarify the circumstances in which applications should be made to appeal, rather than set aside, a financial remedy order of the court.

Update 17 July 2015

The Family Procedure Rules and Practice Directions have been updated to include amendments made to prescribe the practice and procedure to be followed in relation to applications for female genital mutilation protection orders under Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, as inserted by section 73 of the Serious Crime Act 2015.

This update also reflects minor amendments made to Practice Directions 3A (Family Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings - MIAMs), 4A (Striking Out A Statement Of Case), 5A (Forms), 12E (Urgent Business), 12F (International Child Abduction), 12G (Communication of Information) and 30A (Appeals). 

Update 1 July 2015

The Family Procedure Rules have been updated to include amendments (i) to support section 9(6) of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (conversion of civil partnership into marriage) and (ii) as a consequence of section 63CA of the Family Law Act 1996 making breach of a forced marriage protection order an offence.

This update reflects those amendments made by the Family Procedure (Amendment|) Rules 2015 that came into force on 1 July 2015

Update 11 January 2015

The Family Procedure Rules and Practice Direction have been updated to include amendments made to support the Regulation (EU) No 606/2013 on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters.

This update reflects those amendments made by the Family Procedure (Amendment No.4) Rules 2014 and Practice Direction Amendments that came into force on 11 January 2015. The remaining provisions will come into force on 6 April 2015.

Update 22 April 2014

The Family Procedure Rules and Practice Directions have been updated to include amendments made to support the single family court, the family justice provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

The update reflects amendments made by the Family Procedure (Amendment No.3) Rules 2013 [SI 2013 No.3204(L.26)], the Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2014 [SI 2014 No.524(L.5)], the Family Procedure (Amendment No.2) Rules 2014 [SI 2014 No.667(L.11)] and the Family Procedure (Amendment No.3) Rules 2014 [SI 2014 No.843(L.15)], in addition to amendments made to the supplementary Practice Directions.

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