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Family Procedure Rules amended as of today

New divorce form D8 may be used from today

The Family Procedure Rules 2010 ("the FPR 2010") are amended by the Family Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2017 from today, 7 August 2017.

A new form D8 for application for divorce, dissolution or judicial separation is also available from 7 August 2017.  From that date until 4 September 2017 the new or existing form may be used. After 4 September the new form only must be used.

Rule 3 of the 2017 Amendment No 2 Rules inserts into rule 8.23 of the FPR 2010 a signpost to the Rules which deal with allocation in the family court of proceedings for financial provision following an overseas divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. Rules 5 and 6 omit provision in rules 8.28 and 9.5 of the FPR 2010 relating to the allocation of such proceedings in the High Court.

Rule 4 amends the procedure in rule 8.25 of the FPR 2010 relating to applications for permission to apply for financial provision following an overseas divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership.

Rule 7 amends provision in rule 9.15 of the FPR 2010 relating to the holding of a Financial Dispute Resolution appointment (referred to in the FPR 2010 as "a FDR appointment").

Rule 8 amends rule 17(1) of the FPR 2010 to require a statement of truth in certain matrimonial and civil partnership applications and answers to such applications.

Rule 9 makes transitional provision in relation to the amendment made by rule 8.

For the 2017 Amendment No 2 Rules, click here.

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