The new Single Family Court came into effect on 22 April 2014. Prior to this, there were three tiers of Court: the Family Proceedings Court, the County Court and the High Court.
The Family Court deals with all family cases, save for cases invoking the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court or some international cases.
The majority of family cases must therefore now be issued in the Family Court. England and Wales continues to be divided into geographical areas, with there being a Designated Family Centre for each area. This will be managed by a Designated Family Judge. The Designated Family Judge will decide at which Hearing Centre within the area the Application should be heard.
It is hoped that the Family Court will streamline the process of making an application to the Court and ensure that cases are heard at the right Court.
The Family Department at Hart Reade offers a free 30 minute appointment to discuss your circumstances and to give you preliminary legal advice. Please telephone the following contact numbers to arrange an appointment.
Eastbourne: 01323 727321
Hailsham: 01323 841481
Polegate: 01323 487051