Changes to the Family Procedure Rules (FPR)

May 9 Published by
Changes to the Family Procedure Rules (FPR)

The Family Procedure Rules were updated on 29 th April 2024 to increase the likelihood of parties
resolving their disputes outside of Court.

The first major update is a widening of the definition of “non-Court dispute resolution” (NCDR)
at FPR 2.3(1)(b) which includes arbitration, evaluation by a neutral third party and collaborative

Whilst the Court cannot force parties to engage with non-Court dispute resolution, if the parties
attend Court without having attempted NCDR, there is a possibility of scrutiny from the Judge.

Furthermore, if there is a failure to engage with NCDR, the Court will be able to consider this
when deciding whether to make a Costs Order.

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