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The Family Procedure Rules 2010 (‘FPR') takes the ancillary relief practitioner through three distinct stages: apprehension, wishful thinking followed by a nagging sense of unease. Apprehension at the sheer volume of material contained in the FPR and Practice Directions (‘PD'); wishful thinking upon finding the ‘ancillary relief rules' re-packaged but substantially unchanged in FPR Part 9 and finally, a nagging sense of unease: surely the rules have not been so comprehensively re-written in order to remain the same? What has changed, and how significantly? This article considers the impact of the FPR on ancillary relief and similar financial proceedings. A ‘road map' is attached at the end, setting out where provisions from the Family Proceedings Rules 1991 (‘the 1991 Rules') can be found in the FPR.
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