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Family Form amendments - In effect from 6 April 2017

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The Family Procedure Rules Committee has published new forms relating to:

  • Declarations of parentage

Forms C63, C64 and C65 include provision for the applicant to provide details of email addresses for the applicant, respondent and other parties where this is known. Guidance notes have also been amended to make it clearer to court users that HMCTS staff cannot provide legal advice and to attempt to clarify what may fall within the remit of legal advice.

  • Enforcement

Following the introduction of Family Procedure Rules in relation to attachment of earnings orders and charging orders, forms FE6, FE7, FE15, FE16 an FE17 have been created for use. Practice Direction 5A has been amended accordingly. The amendments come into effect from 6 April 2017.

  • Protective orders

The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017 come into effect on 6 April 2017. The draft rules clarify that an individual applicant must not serve the application and/or order on the person they are seeking protection from. The following forms and leaflets have been amended to reflect this change and to make it clearer for litigants in person what form needs to be completed where request for service by a court bailiff is sought:

  • FL700
  • FL701
  • FL401
  • FL401A
  • FL403
  • FL403A
  • FL415
  • FGM001
  • FGM003
  • FGM700

All these forms will be available to view and download through the HMCTS form finder website.

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