Fiona Wilson explains the distinct advantages of judicial powers under part 3 of the Family Procedure Rules

How often do we, as family lawyers, find ourselves advising a party on a financial dispute which needs a speedy outcome – but the value of the dispute is about to be dwarfed by the likely costs? It’s a common scenario, which leaves us wishing there was a more time and cost-efficient way to deal with matters – with a bit of ongoing judicial input as needed.

Case study

I was in this position in late 2020, when instructed by a client who needed to vary an order made in 2018 to ensure childcare costs were met, in part, by her former husband, so she could continue to work.

An application to vary the original order was made, as attempts to reach agreement on the issue were unsuccessful &ndas...

Fiona Wilson
Goodman Derrick LLP

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