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The Standard family Orders Handbook is in association with the FLBA

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
ISBN 978-1-85959-673-9
Print: £65


{HHJ Hess’s] experience is added to each and every standard clause with the assistance of his comments. These comments offer warnings, guidance, practical tips and legal guidance which assists substantially in the use and creation of the orders. 

Apart from the colour coding it is the judge's comments that are so particularly helpful, cross-referencing clauses with the relevant references in the family proceedings rules, references to key cases…comments on how and when a family court can make an order for child periodical payments and helpful pointers as to alternative ways of drafting a Mesher order.

David Emmerson, Family Law Journal

 it [...] does not require a review, as it is an essential purchase for all practitioners.

John Bolch, Family Lore

" 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..."

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division

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

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