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Family Procedure Rule Changes – August 2017

14th July 2017

Amendments to the Family Procedure Rules come into force on 7 August 2017.

The rule amendments include a requirement for a statement of truth to be completed in all applications for divorce and dissolution, forms D8 and D8B are being amended to reflect this requirement.

In addition to this amendment, other amendments are being made to the D8 form with the intention of making it more comprehensible to applicants. Guidance notes for completing the D8 are included within the form and there will no longer be any separate guidance notes printed or published.

Amended forms:-

  • D8 – Application form for divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership
  • D8D - Answer to any application for divorce or dissolution

New editions of these forms will come into effect on 7 August 2017. Whilst courts will continue to accept previous versions of the form D8 (06.2016) and D8B (04.2012) until 4 September 2017, new August editions will be available here to be used from that date.

We understand that all applications lodged at a court house using the older versions on or after 5 September 2017 will not be accepted by HMCTS. 

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