Changes to the FPR 2010 – Witness Statements replace Affidavits in many family law matters

This week marks the first anniversary of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 coming into force, and there have already been changes implemented to the FPR 2010.

From 6th April 2012, affidavits will now be replaced with witness statements in the following applications in both ex-parte/”without-notice” and “on notice” hearings:

– Non-Molestation Orders

– Occupation Orders

– Forced Marriage Orders

– Form Es – new forms now available at http://hmctsformfinder.direct.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/form(e)-eng.pdf

– statement in support of Divorce Petition

This simplification of the procedural system is small and yet far-reaching at the same time, and it shows one of the ways in which the FPR 2010 is benefitting family law practitioners from a practical perspective.

Jasvir Degun

jdegun@1ec.co.uk

Jasvir is a specialist in Family Law and Landlord & Tenant Law.

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