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The Standard family Orders Handbook is in association with the FLBA


The President of the Family Division's Guidance published in November 2017 formally promulgated the use of standard family orders throughout the Family Court and the High Court. As the President says in his Guidance the standard orders should be 'the starting point, and, I would hope and expect, usually the finishing point, of the drafting exercise'.

The Standard Family Orders Handbook, published in 2 volumes, is the approved source of guidance to these official orders with a Foreword from the President.

This second volume covers children and other orders handled in the Family and High Court. HHJ Edward Hess, HHJ Martin Dancey and Edward Devereux QC provide 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.

This second edition contains the latest version of each order (notably Order 8.4: Public Law Short Form Order for any hearing other than the first case management hearing and the final hearing) plus new orders that have been released since the first edition (such as Order 13.30: Port Alert Order), together with fully updated commentary.


What is included?

This second volume covers children and other orders including:

  • Private Law Children Orders
  • Public Law Children Orders
  • Disclosure Orders For Child's Whereabouts
  • Family Law Act 1996, Part IV Orders
  • Linked Criminal and Care Proceedings Orders
  • Immigration and Asylum Tribunal Related Orders
  • Abduction, 1980 Hague Convention, Wardship, Brussels IIR and 1986 Hague Convention Orders
  • Reporting Restrictions Orders
  • Forced Marriage Orders
  • Female Genital Mutilation Orders
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, Section 54 Orders
  • Family Law Act 1986, Part III Orders
  • Medical Treatment and Withdrawal Orders
  • Civil Restraint Orders
  • Production Orders

To be published 27th August 2021 | Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-85959-959-4


If you are a family law practitioner you will already be aware that you simply have to have this volume, nestling next to its companion, on your bookshelf.

John Bolch, Family Lore

Standard Family Orders Handbook: Volume Two (2nd edition) editors

His Honour Judge Edward Hess

Edward Hess 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 Designated Family Judge for Wiltshire. Since 2016 he has been a Deputy High Court Judge. In 2017 he was appointed as Deputy National Lead Judge of the Financial Remedies Courts.

His Honour Judge Martin Dancey

Martin Dancey was a solicitor specialising in children cases until his appointment as a District Judge in 1999. He was a member of the Cafcass/Judicial Liaison Committee. From 2008 he was a Tutor Judge, and from 2013 until 2017 a Course Director, with the Judicial College Family Team. He was appointed as a Circuit Judge in 2015 and in 2018 became the Designated Family Judge for Dorset.

Edward Devereux QC

Edward Devereux was called to the Bar in 2001 and took silk, at the age of 39, in 2017. He has a wide ranging practice in family law, with a particular emphasis on cases with an international dimension.

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