The Family Court Practice (The Red Book)

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2023 Edition (November 2023)


The text has been updated to fully incorporate all of the recent changes to the FPR and CPR and accompanying Practice Directions.

What’s new for 2023
The 2023 Edition has been enhanced and revised throughout to include:

  • Amendments made to the Rules by the Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2023, SI 2023/61, the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2023 SI 2022/105, the Civil Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2023, SI 2023/572, and the Civil Procedure Amendment (No 3) Rules 2023, SI 2023/788

  • Fully updated Procedural Guides including a new guide to an application for a legal services payment order

  • All recent legislative developments

  • The latest amendments to the FPR and supplementary Practice Directions, including amendments to Practice Directions by FPR Updates No 3 of 2023, No 4 of 2023 and No 5 of 2023

  • The latest updates to the CPR and supplementary Practice Directions

  • 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 Practice Guidance: Non-Molestation Injunctions; Revised National Listing Protocol for Applications that Seek Deprivation of Liberty Orders Relating to Children under the Inherent Jurisdiction; Revised Practice Guidance on the Court’s Approach to Unregistered Placements; Disclosure of Electronic-Documents and the Civil Procedure Rules)

  • Additional legislation including Civil Evidence Act 1968 (convictions, privilege against self-incrimination) and Civil Evidence Act 1995 (hearsay), relevant provisions of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992

  • Online archive begun with previous editions of the Red Book from and including 2020 edition

  • 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. 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: International and Legacy European Material
    Coverage of significant European Regulations and Conventions, all fully annotated.

    Part VII: Welsh Material
    Relevant Welsh legislation and codes of practice.


    Eleri Jones Barrister, 1GC Family Law and Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers  Contributing editor
    The Hon Mr Justice Keehan  Contributing editor
    The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division  Contributing editor
    Neil Hickman, Former District Judge  Contributing editor
    District Judge Sophie Harrison, The County and Family Courts and Court of Protection, Reading  Contributing editor
    Deirdre Fottrell KC, 1GC Family Law  Contributing editor
    Ruth Henke KC, Deputy High Court Judge  Contributing editor
    District Judge Mark Andrews, Manchester Civil and Family Justice Centre  Contributing editor
    James Pirrie Solicitor, Mediator, Arbitrator & Collaborative Lawyer, Family Law in Partnership Ltd  Contributing editor
    Daniel Eames, Partner Michelmores LLP  Contributing editor
    District Judge Charles Prest KC  General editor
    Alexander Laing Barrister, Coram Chambers  Contributing editor
    Rhys Taylor Barrister, Arbitrator and Mediator, The 36 Group  Contributing editor
    District Judge Michael Anson, Preston Combined Court Centre and Nominated Judge of the Court of Protection  Contributing editor
    Elizabeth Isaacs KC, Deputy High Court Judge  Contributing editor
    Damian Garrido KC, Harcourt Chambers, Recorder and Deputy High Court Judge  Contributing editor
    David Salter MA, LLM Solicitor, former Recorder and Deputy High Court Judge  Contributing editor
    The Hon Mr Justice MacDonald  Contributing editor
    The Hon Mr Justice Williams  Contributing editor
    Her Honour Nasreen Pearce  Contributing editor