About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Friday, 22 February 2008

Family Procedure Rules


The Ministry of Justice has published the responses to the consultation paper on the FPR.

In the new proposals, archaic terms will be replaced with easier to understand language, a decree nisi will be known as a conditional order and a divorce petition will become an application for a divorce order. In a customer survey court-users identified simpler language in court documents as a key requirement.

A single unified code for family proceedings will mean that those using the family courts need only refer to one source for guidance. Currently users may need to refer to at least three different sets of rules.

The next step in developing the Family Procedure Rules will be when the Family Procedure Rule Committee consults on the draft rules themselves. This is currently planned for the end of the year.

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