Following the introduction of the recent changes to the Family Procedure Rules, we are seeing evidence of the court encouraging the use of non-court dispute resolution (NCDR) in family proceedings, marking a move towards a more collaborative and less adversarial approach to resolving family disputes.

In the case of NA v LA [2024] EWFC 113, the Family Court ruled on an application for financial remedies, and finding that there was no need for financial disclosure to be given prior to parties engaging in NCDR- as this would in any event be given as part of the NCDR process – stayed the proceedings with immediate effect. The parties are required to inform the court by July 2024 what engagement if any there had been in NCDR and whether any of the issues had been resolved and what the parties’ respective proposals are for the way forward.

If you would like further information about non-court dispute resolution and how matters can be effectively resolved outside of court, please get in touch by email to or phone to 01923 909343

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