Standard Family Orders Handbook: Volume One (3rd edition)
ISBN: Paperback | 978-1-80161-087-2
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The Standard Family Orders Handbook is the approved source of guidance to the official Standard Family Court Orders, covering financial remedies, enforcement and other matters.
HHJ Edward Hess, Deputy National Lead Judge, Financial Remedies Court, provides invaluable commentary on when and how to use each order, with a brief description of its purpose. The text of the orders is also interwoven with useful practice points from HHJ Hess. In addition, the colour coding in the approved orders has been reproduced so that you can easily see what to amend when drafting your orders.
What's new in the 3rd edition?
- The substantially revised orders in Volume 1 of the May 2023 release of the SFOS
- Directions supporting the Statement on the Efficient Conduct of Financial Remedy proceedings
- The new terminology for divorces and directions relevant to remote hearings
- All the orders are accompanied by fully updated commentary from HHJ Hess
New orders added include:
- Consent Order under the Accelerated First Appointment Procedure
- Third Party Disclosure Order
- Order for Leave to Make Application under MFPA 1984 Pt III
- Free-standing Maintenance Pending Suit Order
- Directions Order on Application for Permission to Appeal
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I commend this edition to those who practice in this area of work; whether tasked with drafting a specific order or not, it is an invaluable resource to all
'Edward Hess has worked rapidly, and with herculean industry, to produce this enormously helpful updated third edition in which all the updated money orders are printed in full with its trademark ‘blue box’ comments.'
The Standard Family Orders Handbook has the tremendous benefit for the practitioner not only of presenting full versions of all the orders in published book form for the first time, but also the very great assistance of the author's editorial comments, in which he uses his considerable experience as a barrister and judge in the family justice system to identify when particular orders, or particular parts of orders, might sensibly be used.
Mr Justice Peel, Judge-in-Charge of the Standard Orders
It is only a matter of six years since Standard Family Orders (SFOs) appeared on the scene, pushed forward by the formidable combined energy of Sir James Munby (then President of the Family Division) and Mostyn J. In his Practice Guidance of 30 November 2017, Sir James gave a clear steer that the use of the SFOs should “represent the starting point, and, I would hope and expect, usually the finishing point, of the drafting exercise… increasingly… in the context of an electronic drafting process”. What he hoped for has very substantially come to pass. It is now rare to see any money order not produced electronically and not in the form of an SFO. Financial remedy practitioners and judges have grown very familiar with, and skilled at, using the SFOs. There is no doubt that the development of the process was hugely assisted by the book published to accompany the new orders in 2017: The Standard Family Orders Handbook, written by His Honour Judge Edward Hess.
But time does not stand still. In 2021, a second edition was published. When I took over Mostyn J’s SFO role in April 2022 there was a wide-ranging review of the SFOs (both money and children) underway. Edward Hess led the money review, with the assistance of Nicholas Allen KC and Amy Kisser. The updated orders were approved by the current President in May 2023. Amongst the many changes incorporated are directions supporting the Statement on the Efficient Conduct of Financial Remedy proceedings, the new terminology for divorces and directions relevant to remote hearings.
With the substantial changes in the SFOs themselves comes the need for a third edition of The Standard Family Orders Handbook. Edward Hess has worked rapidly, and with herculean industry, to produce this enormously helpful updated third edition in which all the updated money orders are printed in full with its trademark ‘blue box’ comments. These provide clear signposts to users as to the law, practice and procedure underpinning and explaining the orders. They are an indispensable aide memoire to the practitioner or judge who wishes to be accurate in drafting, and equally accurate in understanding what the drafting is intended to achieve. Edward’s expertise in this area is renowned; nobody is better placed than him to elucidate and unravel the intricacies of financial remedy orders. I commend this edition to those who practice in this area of work; whether tasked with drafting a specific order or not, it is an invaluable resource to all. Sir James was correct to predict in 2017 that this book “will find its place on the desks of most judges and practitioners working in this field”. The new third edition deserves to achieve the same.
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