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Red Book Plus

Family Court Essential Materials

£55.00

This ready reference guide for all family court practitioners and judges provides a portable source of essential materials, complementing The Family Court Practice (Red Book).

  • Published: November 2017
  • Edition: 2017-2018
  • Format: Paperback / Online
  • ISBN: 9781784733889
  • Category: Family Law
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"excellent well written guide #redbookplus2015" 42 Bedford Row

"#redbookplus2015 landed in chambers; great source for useful tables & guidance!" Zimran Samuel



This invaluable ready reference guide for all Family Court practitioners and judges provides a portable source of essential materials,complementing The Family Court Practice(the Red Book) and LexisPSL Family.

Red Book Plus combines tables, legislation and guidance with an informative selection of flowcharts, divided into accessible Parts, namely:

  • Flowcharts provide a useful one-page overview of aparticular Family Court procedure, as an aide memoire, with cross-references to keyfamily law resources
  • Key legislation and guidance is reproduced
  • Leading cases are categorised under clear topic headings
  • 2017–18 tables detail taxation rates/thresholds, social security benefits, and fostering allowances

2016-2017 Edition

(1) Flow Charts
  • Divorce & Dissolution
  • Undefended divorce/civil partnership dissolution
  • Defended divorce/civil partnership dissolution
  • Undefended (judicial) separation
  • Undefended nullity
  • Amending an application for divorce/dissolution (formerly a petition)
  • Declaration of Marital/Civil Partnership Status
  • Staying Grant of Decree Absolute under Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, s 10A

Appeals
  • Application for Judicial Review
  • Family Court – Appeal from Lay Justice or District Judge Level to Circuit Judge or from District Judge (High Court Level) to Judge of the High Court – Part 1
  • Family Court – Appeal from Lay Justice or District Judge Level to Circuit Judge or from District Judge (High Court Level) to Judge of the High Court – Part 2
  • Family Court – Appeal from Judge of Circuit Judge Level or a Judge of High Court Level to the Court of Appeal – Part 1
  • Family Court – Appeal from Judge of Circuit Judge Level or a Judge of High Court Level to the Court of Appeal – Part 2
  • Applications to set aside a financial remedy order
  • Family Court – Appeal from Judge of the High Court or from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court
  • Family Court – Appeal from Magistrates to the Family Court under Child Support Act 1991

Children
  • Child arrangements (Part 1) – pre-proceedings to FHDRA
  • Child arrangements (Part 2) – FHDRA to Fact Finding
  • Child arrangements (Part 3) – Fact Finding to Final Hearing
  • Parental Responsibility Order (Part 1) – Pre-proceedings to FHDRA
  • Parental Responsibility Order (Part 2) – FHDRA to Fact Finding
  • Parental Responsibility Order (Part 3) – Fact Finding to Final Hearing
  • Prohibited Steps & Specific Issue (Part 1) – Pre-proceedings to FHDRA
  • Steps and Specific Issue (Part 2) – FHDRA to Fact Finding
  • Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue (Part 3) – Fact Finding to Final Hearing
  • Discharge of a Parental Responsibility Order or Agreement
  • Enforcement Orders and Financial Compensation Orders (Child Arrangements Orders)
Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage
  • Application for a non-molestation order under Part IV Family Law Act 1996
  • Application for an occupation order under Part IV Family Law Act 1996
  • Application for a forced marriage protection order under Part 4A Family Law Act 1996
  • Claims under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Application for variation, extension or discharge of a non-molestation or occupation order under Family Law Act 1996

Finance
  • Application for a financial order (not an interim order) under MCA 1973 or CPA 2004 Pre-proceedings to First Appointment
  • Applications for a financial order (not an interim order) under MCA 1973 or CPA 2004 First Appointment to FDR
  • Applications for a financial order (not an interim order) under MCA 1973 or CPA 2004 FDR to Final Hearing
  • Interim financial orders
  • Variation of a financial order
  • Application after an overseas divorce
  • Application for an injunction
  • Application for a search order (Anton Piller)
  • Contested applications under Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, s 14, under CPR 1998 Part 7
  • Applications under Sch 1, Children Act 1989 (shortened procedure) – before First Hearing
  • Applications under Sch 1, Children Act 1989 (shortened procedure) – after First Hearing
  • Variation of a Schedule 1 order
  • Application under MCA 1973, s 10(2) / CPA 2004, s 48(2)
  • Pensions on divorce/dissolution/nullity/(judicial) separation – Part 1 (to First Appointment)
  • Pensions on divorce/dissolution/nullity/(judicial) separation – Part 2 (First Appointment to implementation)

Enforcement
  • Committal and arrest for disobedience of an injunctive order or breach of an undertaking in the High Court, Family Court or County Court
  • Attachment of Earnings Order
  • Charging Order
  • Writ or Warrant of Delivery
  • Execution against Goods – Writ or Warrant of Control
  • Application for a Third Party Debt Order
  • Committal by way of Judgment Summons
  • Means of Payment Order
  • Obtaining Information from the Debtor
  • Order for such method of enforcement as the court may consider appropriate
  • Writ or Warrant of Possession of Land

(2) Key Legislation
  • Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, ss 21A-25

  • Children Act 1989, ss 1, 2, 4, 8, 12

  • FPR 2010, Pts 3 and 9 (including supporting PDs)

  • Court Bundles PD27A

  • Practice Guidance: McKenzie Friends (Civil and Family Courts)

  • Practice Guidance (Transparency in the Family Courts)

  • Practice Guidance (Family Court – Duration of Ex Parte (Without Notice) Orders)


(3) Key Cases (Categorised by Topic

(4) Tables
  • Income tax – gross to net conversion
  • CGT/IHT
  • National insurance/Tax Credits
  • Social security benefits
  • CPI/RPI
  • Interest rates
  • Fostering Allowances
RED BOOK PLUS IS NOW AN ESTABLISHED QUICK RESOURCE FOR EXTREMELY USEFUL SHORTHAND FAMILY LAW MATERIALS

"... the new edition for 2015-16 provides a most useful and portable source of essential materials, complementing "The Red Book"which is very heavy to carry around (but illuminating) major practitioner work for family lawyers seen in all court rooms ... Writing "The Foreword" to the early first edition, His Honour Judge Anthony Cleary makes some invaluable observations which are worth highlighting. "This is a refreshing and informative guide", he says ... outlines the steps to be taken from the start to the finish of a family matter ... Clearly points out that the contents of the book shows the common errors, additional powers of the court, and practical advice "which even the more experienced practitioners will find immensely useful". He lists some suggestions presented to the reader clearly and succinctly in the book - they are most positive tips for us including attending court with copies of documents ... plus draft letters of instruction,communication with professionals and lay parties ..."
Read the full review here
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers


"excellent well written guide #redbookplus2015"
42 Bedford Row

"#redbookplus2015 landed in chambers; great source for useful tables & guidance!"
Zimran Samuel

"Help is at hand, however, via Family Law’s companion volume: ‘Red Book Plus’ which is more than likely the answer to many a practitioner’s prayer. Succinct, practical, easy to use – and somuch more portable, it provides, as the sub-title indicates, ‘essential materials’ for the family court ...

All this information placed readily to hand, functions ‘almost like a ready-reckoner’as one busy barrister put it ...

Indeed the whole volume, in handy paperback format, helps save time in innumerable ways with its clear and concise step-by-step guidance -- and frequent cross references to The Red Book, all of which can help you avoid the most common pitfalls you are likely to encounter in everyday practice ...

For practitioners in the Family Court, this is the work of reference toacquire"
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers. Read the full review . Watch on YouTube or Flickr

I am delighted to have been asked to introduce this work, a companion to The Family Court Practice (Red Book) and a guide to the more common applications in the Family Court. Helpful cross-references appear in the opening sentences of each section, to the Red Book, with innovative Flowcharts to assist the practitioner at various stages of the application.

This is a refreshing and informative guide which outlines the steps to be taken from start to finish, accompanying those steps with reminders and tips, alerting the practitioner to common pitfalls faced in the legal process and the frequent hurdles placed in the way of the client. Common errors, additional powers of the court, and practical advice which even the more experienced practitioner will find immensely useful (from attending court with copy documents to draft letters of instruction, communication with professionals and lay parties) are presented to the reader clearly and succinctly. One of the many skills which the family lawyer must call
upon is the ability to communicate with the court, colleagues and clients and state agencies in a helpful and informed manner, and these tips are innovative and valuable. Assistance of this nature is not found in the major procedural works – there is no room for such matters – and it is enormously valuable, to have such a practical aide memoire at one’s elbow.

The opening contents pages are an accessible route to the step-by-step guides which populate this work, referring the practitioner across to the authoritative source material, found within the Red Book, via the now familiar procedural guides.

The fifty pages of annexed guides to applicable tax rates, fostering allowances, ‘passport’ benefits and the RPI, to name but a few, will be of considerable help to those advising on financial remedies and even child care, as will the narratives on common problems and pitfalls which ensnare unsuspecting applicants.

Dry and impersonal this companion work is not, and I anticipate that it will sit comfortably with the Red Book on the shelves of all family practitioners, just as it will slip easily into the advocate’s briefcase on the way to court!

His Honour Judge Anthony Cleary
November 2014

Scope of This Work

Red Book Plus is a reference guide for all Family Court practitioners and judges, providing a portable source of essential materials.

The work combines tables,legislation and guidance with an informative selection of practice notes and flow charts.


For more information on The Family Court Practice visit The Family Court Practice website.

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