The Standard Family Orders Handbook is the approved source of guidance to the official orders with a Foreword from the President.
HHJ Edward Hess 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 where relevant.
In addition, each order has been colour coded so that you can easily see what to amend when drafting your orders.
Read the Foreword by Sir James Munby here.
The first volume covers finance and enforcement including:
- Financial Proceedings Directions Orders
- Financial Remedy Final Orders
- Miscellaneous Interim Remedies Orders
- Enforcement Orders
- Committal Related Orders
- Arbitration Related Orders
Have a look at the Financial Directions Order (shorter version) below for a preview of what you can expect from the handbook.
Published January 2018
About Volume Two
Volume Two, covering children and other issues, will be published in Spring 2018 when those orders are approved.
it [...] does not require a review, as it is an essential purchase for all practitioners.
"...it will be tremendously helpful to have an authoritative paper version of these orders available not merely to family lawyers and judges but also to everyone else - litigants and mediators for example - involved in family court cases. Accordingly, may I thoroughly commend this work..."
Standard Family Orders Handbook: Volume One editors
His Honour Judge Edward hess
Edward Hess read Mathematics and then Law at Cambridge University. He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1985 and practised at Harcourt Chambers from 1985 to 2010. He was a District Judge (PRFD) at the Central Family Court from 2010 to 2015. Since 2015 he has been a Circuit Judge, currently sitting at Portsmouth Family Court, Swindon Family Court and the Central Family Court. Since 2016 he has been a Deputy High Court Judge. In 2017 he was appointed as a Deputy Leader of the Financial Remedies Court Project. He is the co-author of the Dictionary of Financial Remedies and Pensions and Divorce: A Practitioner's Handbook.