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ISBN/ISSN: 9781784734015
Published: May 20, 2018
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ISBN/ISSN: 9781784733735
Published: May 21, 2018
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Why should you buy the Red Book 2018

The Family Court Practice (Red Book), covers the entire range of family business and contains all the essential materials you need to practise in the Family Court.

The new edition is fully updated to include the latest case-law, full coverage of new and amended legislation, Practice Directions and guidance. It will also contain fully and expertly annotated statutes and rules together with scores of unique step-by-step procedural guides, which direct you effortlessly to the relevant rules and annotation.

What’s new for 2018

  • The latest amendments to the FPR, including:
    • the updated PD3A (Family Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMS));
    • the new Pt 3A (Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence) and PD3AA; and
    • the revised PD12J (Child Arrangements and Contact Order: Domestic Abuse and Harm).
  • The latest updates to the CPR.:
  • New Procedural Guides on:
    • ‘Special Measures’ and Evidence;
    • Closed Material Procedure. 
  • Recent guidance on:
    • Standard Financial and Enforcement Orders;
    • Judicial Cooperation with Serious Case Reviews;
    • Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings; 
    • Jurisdiction of the Family Court: Allocation and Transfer;
    • Parents with a Learning Disability;
    • Listing Final Hearings in Adoption Cases; and
    • Defective Divorce Petitions/Decrees.
  • The latest case-law, including:
    • Re H (A Child) (Surrogacy Breakdown) [2017] EWCA Civ 1798;
    • Yates and Anor v Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Foundation Trust and Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 410, [2017] 2 FLR 739; and
    • Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408, [2017] 2 FLR 1095.
  • New and expanded commentary on:
    • applications for a financial remedy;
    • funding;
    • domestic abuse, taking account of the revised FPR PD12J;
    • procedure for miscellaneous applications;
    • the national roll-out of administratively de-linking financial proceedings from divorce;
    • standard draft orders and the associated new Practice Guidance;
    • new Forms A (notice of intention to proceed with an application for a financial order), A1 (notice of intention to proceed with an application for a financial remedy) and B (notice of an application to consider the financial position of the respondent);
    • vulnerable persons, including expanded notes on detention of a child or vulnerable adult;
    • storage of embryos;
    • foreign orders and significant delay, plus applications for permission to apply for a financial remedy after overseas proceedings;
    • parallel petitions for divorce;
    • adding or removing parties;
    • withholding inspection or disclosure of documents;
    • power of the court to control evidence;
    • the new Business and Property Courts; and
    • the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

Read the 2018 introduction here >


The Family Court Practice 2018 Autumn Supplement (and Welsh Materials)

The Autumn Supplement updates the 2018 edition of The Family Court Practice (Red Book), the 2018 Autumn Supplement brings you:

  • The latest case-law from the family courts, including:
    • Owens v Owens [2018] UKSC 41
    • R (Steinfeld and another) v Secretary of State for International Development [2018] UKSC 32
    • Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38
    • Evans and another v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and another [2018] EWCA Civ 805
    • Villiers v Villiers [2018] EWCA Civ 1120
  • New and updated commentary to take account of recent case-law
  • Amendments to statutes, plus the latest amendments and modifications to the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and the Practice Directions, including the revised FPR PD27A on Court Bundles and the Pilot Schemes contained in new FPR PDs 36I and 36K
  • Amendments to Welsh legislation, updates to existing commentary, plus additional relevant legislation
  • The latest guidance, including:
    • Practice Guidance of 6 June 2018: Standard Children and Other Orders
    • Practice Guidance of 26 July 2018: Children Arbitration in the Family Court

All you need to do is order your copy of The Family Court Practice (main work) and the Autumn Supplement will be sent to you, upon publication, to keep you reliably updated on the latest developments.


Purchase, download and start reading the Red Book within minutes. Available in ePDF format your eBook will have all the expert content of the hardback format, but with the added benefits of a keyword search function, ability to bookmark pages, annotate and highlight text. The 2018 eBook is only available directly through LexisNexis. 

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Table of contents

Table of Statutes
Table of Statutory Instruments
Table of Cases
Table of Practice Directions
Table of CPR, FPR and Supreme Court Practice Directions

Part I: Procedural Guides
• Detailed guidance covering the following areas:
• Applications for Relief Other Than Divorce;
• Application for Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Proceedings and Related Orders;
• Enforcement of Orders;
• Children;
• Judicial Reviews and Appeals;
• Miscellaneous.

Part II: Statutes
• Pertinent provisions of all relevant statutes, reproduced in amended form and annotated by the expert team of contributors.

Part III: Procedure Rules
• The full text of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and practice directions, plus relevant provisions and practice directions from the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and the Supreme Court Rules 2009. All provisions are reproduced as amended, along with detailed explanation and guidance.

Part IV: Statutory Instruments
• Pertinent provisions of all relevant SIs appear in amended form, with commentary from the expert team of contributors.

Part V: Practice Guidance
• Relevant practice guidance for family law practitioners.

Part VI: European Material
• Coverage of significant European Regulations and Conventions, all fully annotated.

Part VII: Welsh Materials (Autumn Supplement and Online only)
• Essential materials relating to children law in Wales.


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