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Red Book Plus

Family Court Essential Materials

FROM £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 2016
  • Format: Paperback / eBook (ePub) / eBook (ePDF) / Online
  • ISBN: 9781784732370
  • Category: Family Law
"excellent well written guide #redbookplus2015" 42 Bedford Row

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

Red Book Plus: Family Court Essential Materials is an invaluable ready reference guide for all family court practitioners and judges, and provides a portable source of essential materials.

The Red Book Plus combines tables, authoritative legislation and guidance from The Family Court Practice (Red Book) with an informative and functional selection of practice notes and flow charts, divided into accessible parts:


  • Practice Notes providing a practical step-by-step guide to the law and procedure for core applications in divorce, financial and children matters, with cross-references to key family law resources
  • Flowcharts to accompany each Practice Note, providing a useful one page overview of a particular procedure as an aide memoire
  • Key Legislation and Guidance is reproduced
  • Leading Cases are categorised under clear topic headings
  • 2016-17 Tables detailing taxation rates/thresholds, social security benefits, house prices and fostering allowances

2016 - 2017 Edition

(1) Core Flow Charts/Practice Notes
  • Divorce/Dissolution

    •  Undefended divorce/dissolution

    • Amending applications

  • Finance 

    • Application for a financial order –Pre-proceedings to First Appointment

    • Application for a financial order –First Appointment to FDR

    • Application for a financial order –FDR to Final Hearing

    • Application under TLATA 1996 – Part 7

  • Children 

    • Child arrangements (Part 1) –Pre-Proceedings to FHDRA

    • Child arrangements (Part 2) – FHDRAto Fact Finding 

    • Child arrangements (Part 3) – FactFinding to Final Hearing 

  • General: FPR 2010, Part 18 

  • Enforcement 

    • Committal and arrest for disobedienceof an injunction order or breach of an undertaking

    • Appeals

    • Barderand Set Aside applications


(2) Key Legislation

  • Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, ss21A-25D

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

  • Court Bundles PD27A


(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

  • House prices/Stamp duty

  • 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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