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9 January 2013

New guidance on FDR court hearings

Mahie Abey, family law solicitor

I've just read the new Financial Dispute Resolution Appointments: Best Practice Guidance produced by Phillip Marshall QC and District Judge Waller (find it here). About time something like this was produced.

The Financial Dispute Resolution Appointment (known as the 'FDR') is the without-prejudice hearing where a Judge gives a non-binding view on outcome, to assist the couple in their negotiation.  It’s the one hearing that I get asked questions about by clients more than any other.

I genuinely hope that this guidance leads to a consistency of approach to what is the single most important hearing in financial remedy cases.  

Even though it’s intended for practitioners and Judges I think it’s essential reading for anyone going through the financial remedy process at court or indeed representing themselves at such hearings.

Happy reading (it's not too long, I promise!).