This book contains two parts. Part I is an introduction to the jurisdiction, powers and procedures of the family proceedings court; and Part II is a selection of informative materials. The handbook avoids jargon and complexity to provide an accessible reference point for all people interested in how decisions are arrived at in this court.
The three authors are all serving justices' clerks responsible for the administration of family proceedings courts and experienced in such matters as giving directions to the parties as part of their day-to-day responsibilities and training magistrates and advising them on all aspects of this subject.
The contents of Part I are as follows:1. Introduction2. Children3. Procedures4. Welfare of the Child5. Financial Provision6. Enforcement7. Domestic Violence and Occupation of the Family Home8. AdoptionThe materials in Part II include application forms, specimen directions and Best Practice notes as well as a number of key forms and aids to decision-making. There are notes on findings of fact and reasons for decisions, guidance to lawyers on how to prepare for a trial and on expert witnesses (i.e. their role and the court's expectations of them).