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Precedents for Consent Orders online

Welcome to the brand new online version of Resolution's Precedents for Consent Orders, 9th edition. As ever, this edition is the result of many hours of preparation, research and debate by the drafting committee, and some much-appreciated input from other experts outside of the committee and outside of Resolution. It has also been read and approved by the Association of District Judges. Our thanks to all involved.

The online version of the Precedents allows you to input your client's information, which can then be merged with the relevant precedents you select to include in your agreement. The final agreement can be exported in Word format to complete the drafting process.

Changes included in the 9th Edition

As well as a complete revision of the previous edition and many new clauses, two of the more important changes to this issue are a re-ordering of the subject matter to better reflect the way consent orders are prepared.

Beyond the content changes, the big innovation is developing the new online version. Moving online offers more flexibility to update the orders, both in line with any mandatory changes the President may introduce, and in response to any changes in statute, case law and Practice Directions.

The 9th edition also takes account of the Family Orders Project House Rules 2013, which made a number of changes to the terminology, layout and phrasing of the orders. Most obviously this called for a modernisation of the language, and this is reflected here.

Feedback and updates

We're anticipating that the orders contained in this edition may go through additional change post-April 2014.

You'll be aware that the President of the Family Division plans to introduce standard wording for some orders, including consent orders. When these are available, they will replace the various clauses here where necessary, but with specialist tips and advice in the footnotes from our drafting committee and related experts. We'll keep you updated on that, and you'll be able to use this same platform to prepare the clauses, with all the extra functionality we've built into this edition.

As with all legal publications, these precedents must come with a health warning: they are drafting guides only and do not guarantee approval by the court. That said, we thank the ADJs for their input. The law as stated is correct to the best of the committee's knowledge at November 2013. Of course, if you find any inaccuracies please contact us.

On the technical side, this is the first public release of the online version of Precedents for Consent Orders. It is, as our friends in the software business would say, in its initial 'beta version'. Please be advised that during this beta phase leading up to April, we will be continuing to test and improve the software. Please make use of our facility for logging feedback, making suggestions and asking for support. You can contact us direct or you can post on our technical support forum.

The online format allows us to respond more quickly to member feedback. This is a crucial strength of our orders and the guidance that accompanies them: they reflect best practice the length and breadth of the country, they reflect the vast combined knowledge base of Resolution members, and they reflect the dialogue and creative solutions that members co-produce.

Please do get in touch with anything you think could be better, or alternatives that could run alongside existing suggestions ' even if they don't make it into the final draft, they can often clarify the committee's thinking and keep them informed of options.

Where any change is made to the clauses themselves, users will be alerted by email as to what is changing, when and why.

Where smaller changes are made to the footnotes these will not always be notified if we feel they would not materially affect drafting.

Further resources

As ever, these orders focus on technical drafting, although the footnotes broaden out to wider considerations. Readers may want to refer to the Good Practice Guides for more general practice issues.

A range of specialist titles on child support, case law and much more are available on the publications section of the website.

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