Recent changes to the Family Procedure Rules (FPR) 2010 and views expressed from the bench mean that there has been an increased emphasis upon parties making open offers and seeking to narrow the issues in financial remedy proceedings. Not since the long-lamented demise of Calderbank letters have there been so many cases with clear warnings about costs.
Family Procedure Rules 2010
The most significant change is the introduction of rule 9.27A, which introduces the obligation to make open proposals within 21 days of the Financial Dispute Resolution hearing (FDR). Where no FDR has taken place, the open proposals must be submitted either by such date as the court directs or not less than 42 days before the date of the final hearing. This brings forward significantly the previous deadline, which was 14 days before the final hearing for the applicant and seven days thereafter for the respondent.
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