About Practical Law Family

An outline of Practical Law Family, which provides up-to-date and practical guidance on family law and practice. To register for a full demonstration and to find out more about how to subscribe click here or call 0207 202 1220.

Practical Law

Our family service provides up-to-date and practical guidance on family law and practice. It offers a specialist online service which:

  • Keeps family lawyers abreast of the developments in their area, and the practical implications of changes.

  • Provides access to a bank of practice notes, standard documents, checklists and drafting notes that are constantly updated to reflect the latest changes in law and practice.

Our team of family specialists create and maintain our resources. They have extensive experience of all areas of family law and incorporate that experience into our materials. They are also able to draw on:

  • Our consultation board, which consists of a prestigious group of experienced practising lawyers drawn from the judiciary, the bar and law firms.

  • An expert advisory panel in respect of our pre-nuptial agreement, comprising: Philip Marshall QC (joint Head of Chambers at 1 King's Bench Walk), James Carroll (partner at Russell-Cooke) and Fiona Wilson (partner at Child & Child).

  • Membership of organisations such as Resolution, the Family Law Bar Association and the Law Society’s Family Section.

Our resources are supplemented with materials written by family law experts which are kept up to date by our team.



Practical Law Family covers all areas of family law, including:

  • Nuptial agreements and relationship planning

  • Cohabitation

  • Family ADR

  • Divorce and dissolution of civil partnership

  • Financial remedies on divorce or dissolution

  • Children law: financial support

  • Children law: private

  • Children law: public

  • Domestic violence and personal protection

  • International aspects of family law

Our resources also incorporate material from other Practical Law services including Practical Law Dispute Resolution, Practical Law Property and Practical Law Pensions.



As for all Practical Law practice areas, we provide:

  • Legal updates alerting you to developments in law, regulation and practice, as they happen. View Practical Law Family: Legal updates.

  • Practice notes with clear and up-to-date explanations of law and practice. We consult primary sources, practitioners and leading texts, distilling the principles so you can advise with confidence. View Practical Law Family: Practice notes.

  • Standard documents with drafting notes, created by our team of experts. Start with a market standard template you know to be up to date, including agreements, letters and forms. View Practical Law Family: Standard documents.

  • Standard clauses with drafting notes for drafting documents such as financial consent orders, financial questionnaires or directions. View Practical Law Family: Standard clauses.

  • Checklists to help you ensure you have everything covered. Quick reference reminders of the law as it applies in practice. View Practical Law Family: Checklists.

The family practice area also provides:


Current awareness

Our team of experts monitor and review thousands of sources daily to identify and analyse developments that are of practical significance to family lawyers.

Family legal updates cover:

  • Significant judgments, including decisions from the family law courts, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and ECJ.

  • Proposed, draft and new UK legislation.

  • Consultation papers from the UK government and other relevant bodies. Guidance and codes of practice issued by the UK government and other relevant bodies.

Each legal update includes:

  • A summary.

  • Relevant background information.

  • An analysis of the practical impact of the development other than in respect of our Children: public law topic.

  • Links to source materials (including transcripts for new cases), other legal updates and practice notes.

Choose to receive our family legal updates by weekly or monthly e-mail:

  • Weekly e-mails are sent on Thursday night and will be in your inbox on Friday morning.

  • Monthly e-mails are sent on the last working day of the month and will be in your inbox the next morning.

How to access current awareness

To sign up to receive our legal updates by e-mail, visit E-mail preferences in My Practical Law.

You can also:

  • View most recent updates on the Practical Law Family homepage.

  • Search for past legal updates from any page of the website.

  • Follow us on Twitter: @PracLawFamily.


Cases and legislation

You can link through directly from any reference to case law or legislation in our family resources to the underlying source. Depending on your subscriptions, you can choose either to view the case report or statutory provision on our sister service, Westlaw UK, or through other providers including BAILII and legislation.gov.uk.

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