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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 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

Published: July 2018
ISBN: 978-1-85959-783-5


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 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

His Honour Judge Martin Dancey

Edward Devereux QC

Edward Devereux was called to the Bar of England and Wales in October 2001 and was appointed a QC, at the age of 39, in February 2017.  He has a wide-ranging practice in family law with a particular emphasis on cases with an international dimension.  He is the youngest specialist family barrister to be appointed a QC in the last twenty years.

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