When Might I Require Court Forms?
If either party decides not to go ahead with mediation, or if mediation breaks down, you or your former partner may wish to apply to court. If this is the case, unless a valid exemption to mediation applies, you will need to have the appropriate court form/forms signed by an accredited Family Mediator as evidence that you have considered mediation. This is a legal requirement.
All Mediators at Able Mediation are qualified to sign off court forms that you may require. You can find out more about the various court forms by viewing the information below, or calling Able Mediation on 020 3012 0103.
Forms Concerning Child Arrangements
Form C100 is the application form required for anyone who wishes to apply to court regarding decisions about children. The section that mediators need to sign can be found on page 9. Form C100 can be found here.
Before 2014, Form FM1 was the main form required to evidence that Family Mediation had been considered. Form FM1 is now only used in conjunction with Forms C1 and C2 for specific matters including, but not limited to, transfer and/or termination of parental responsibility, permission to start proceedings and permission to change a child’s surname. Form FM1 can be found here.
Forms Concerning fINANCIAL aGREEMENTS
Form A is a notice of intention to proceed with an application for a Financial Order. When a person applies for a financial order they are seeking the intervention of a judge to decide how the family’s property and other assets should be divided between the divorcing couple. This is the final option for people who are unable to negotiate a settlement between themselves, or with the help of a mediator or solicitor. A financial order can include the following sorts of arrangements/provisions:
The transfer or sale of property
The division of other assets
Who takes responsibility for debts and pensions sharing
To prevent the selling of assets
To make changes to an existing order.
Form A can be found here.
A financial remedy may be sought in situations where a claim needs to be made for financial provision for a child or spouse. This can be in the form of regular maintenance payments, a lump sum or the settlement or transfer of property. It is also used to ask the court to enforce or alter an existing order for child or spousal maintenance. Form A1 can be found here.
The Family Court Information Service has collated some helpful videos from a range of different sources to help people who are applying to court and representing themselves: