The Family Court Practice (The Red Book)


2020 edition (June 2020)

What’s new for 2020
The 2020 Edition has been enhanced and revised throughout to include:

  • Fully updated Procedural Guides; plus new guides in respect of criminal committal, and review applications where a change of circumstances is alleged following the making of a care order
  • All recent legislative developments (eg the availability of civil partnership to heterosexual couples)
  • The latest amendments to the FPR and supplementary Practice Directions, including enhanced commentary in respect of FPR Part 9 and the expansion of the Financial Remedy Court system
  • The latest updates to the CPR, including coverage of the CPR Pt 57/PD57C procedure in respect of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017
  • Detailed analysis and practical guidance on all recent case law and key procedural developments in the areas of divorce, civil partnership, private/public child law, financial provision, enforcement and appeals
  • Important guidance issued by the President of the Family Division (eg The Financial Remedies Courts Good Practice Protocol; Guidance on Reporting Restriction Orders)

  • The Family Court Practice (Red Book), covers the entire range of family business and contains all the essential materials you need to practise in the Family Court.

    The new edition is fully updated to include the latest case law, full coverage of new and amended legislation, Practice Directions and guidance. It also contains fully and expertly annotated statutes and rules together with scores of unique step-by-step procedural guides, which direct you effortlessly to the relevant rules and annotation.

    Part I: Procedural Guides
    Detailed guidance covering the following areas:

  • Applications for Relief Other Than Divorce
  • Application for Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Proceedings and Related Orders
  • Enforcement of Orders
  • Children
  • Judicial Reviews and Appeals
  • Miscellaneous

  • Part II: Statutes
    Pertinent provisions of all relevant statutes, reproduced in amended form and annotated by the expert team of contributors.

    Part III: Procedure Rules
    The full text of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and practice directions, plus relevant provisions and practice directions from the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and the Supreme Court Rules 2009. All provisions are reproduced as amended, along with detailed explanation and guidance.

    Part IV: Statutory Instruments
    Pertinent provisions of all relevant SIs appear in amended form, with commentary from the expert team of contributors.

    Part V: Practice Guidance
    Relevant practice guidance for family law practitioners.

    Part VI: European Material
    Coverage of significant European Regulations and Conventions, all fully annotated.


    The Hon Mr Justice Williams  Contributor
    HHJ Anthony Cleary General editor
     David Burrows Contributor
     David Salter Joint National Head of Family Law, Mills & Reeve LLP, Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder Contributor
     Elizabeth Isaacs QC Contributor
    Lady Justice Black Consulting editor
    Mr Justice MacDonald Contributor
     Lord Justice McFarlane Contributor
     Lord Wilson of Culworth Justice of the Supreme Court Editor-in-chief
     Maggie Silver Contributor
    DJ Michael Anson Contributor
    Her Honour Nasreen Pearce BA, LLB Contributor
    District Judge Neil Hickman Contributor
     Robert Hill Contributor