New Family Procedure Rules


For the first time in over 20 years, the rules which govern family proceedings have been reviewed and changed in order to achieve a more simplified and streamlined set of rules. The overriding objective of the court is to deal with a case justly having regard to any welfare issues involved.

The new rules also aim to simplify and refresh the language used in the courts.  For example, the use of Latin terms will no longer be used in court.  Furthermore, for many years people have also been confused by the terms such as ‘ancillary relief’ which is the name given to an application dealing with finances on divorce and so this has now been re-named an application for ‘financial remedies’.

These are just a few examples of the changes in store.  Hopefully the new rules will achieve their aim and help to simplify both the language and procedure in what are often stressful and difficult times.