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Family Law Protocol

4th Edition
The Law Society
Availability: Published

This authoritative set of best practice guidelines is the standard by which members of the Law Society and Resolution are judged. The fourth edition of this indispensable book takes account of developments including:

  • changes to public funding in family law proceedings
  • private family law arrangements for children and parental involvement
  • legislation on honour-based violence and forced marriage
  • alternative pathways to parenthood including adoption and surrogacy.

Developed by the Law Society in association with Resolution and other leading organisations, interest groups and figures in the field, this is the go-to text for family law practitioners.


  1. Foreword by the President of the Family Division
  2. Part 1: Main Protocol
  3. Part 2: Non-court dispute resolution
  4. Part 3: Domestic abuse and honour-based violence
  5. Part 4: Children: private law
  6. Part 5: Children: public law
  7. Part 6: Abduction
  8. Part 7: Child support
  9. Part 8: Schedule 1 proceedings under the Children Act 1989
  10. Part 9: Proceedings for dissolution, divorce, judicial separation or nullity
  11. Part 10: Financial remedies
  12. Part 11: Cohabitation
  13. Part 12: Forced marriage
  14. Part 13: Alternative pathways to parenthood
  15. Appendices.




Family and social welfare


October 2015


Law Society




224 Pages