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Family Forms

This Family Forms section provide a list of useful forms for customers to download and print out. Customers will note that these are formal Court forms and are provided in PDF format in order to preserve the layout of the original document.

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Click here to jump down this page to the list of the forms.

We recommend that you read the following information before you start to fill in a new form

Operation of the Family Forms System

The Family Forms system guides the user through their chosen form(s) via a series of questions that the user enters responses to.

Completion of Forms

Users may have to complete every step of a form. However, unneeded steps may simply be skipped.

Fees

Some forms require you to pay a fee. Your local court office can advise on current fees and contact details can be found here.

To decide which form you need, view the complete list of forms. A brief description of each form is detailed beside the form number.

You will need a set of forms for each person named as a respondent. Court staff can help you by explaining which forms you need to complete but cannot give you legal advice.

Documents and Details that you may need

You may need the following information in order to complete your chosen form, but this will depend to a large extent on the form that you choose.

  • Any information that the Court has sent to you
  • Employment Details
  • Details of Income
  • Information about regular expenses and debts
  • Solicitors Address
  • Evidence of benefits received
  • Reference Numbers

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Magistrates' Courts (Domestic Proceedings) Rules (NI) 1996

Form Title
D1 Summons to Respondent on application for order financial provision
D1A Summons to Respondent on Application for order for financial provision (Civil Partnership Act 2004)
D2 Summons to Respondent on application for order for payments agreed by parties
D3 Respondent's consent to Article 8 Order and Statement of Financial Resources
F1 Application for an non-molestation order/ an occupation order.
Notes for Guidance (PDF)
F2 Summons to respondent on an application under the Family Homes & Domestic Violence (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
F3 Notice to Mortgages and Landlords
F4 Statement of Service
F8 Application to vary, extend or discharge an order

Magistrates' Courts (Children (NI) Order 1995) Rules (NI) 1996

Form Title
C1 Application for an Order
C1A Summons to respondent on an application under the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995
C1AA Supplemental Information Form
Form C1AA Notes for Guidance (PDF)
C2 Application:- for leave to commence proceedings; for an order or direction in existing proceedings; to be joined as, or cease to be, a party in existing family proceedings
C3 Notice of Proceedings
C4 Acknowledgement
C5 Confidential Address
C7 Supplement for an application for financial provision for a child or variation of financial provision for a child
C7A Statement of means

The Children (Parental Responsibility Agreement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

Parental Responsibility Agreement (PDF) - Notes for Guidance (PDF)

Family Proceedings Rules (NI) 1996

Form Title
C1 Application for an Order
C1A Supplemental Information Form
Form C1A Notes for Guidance (PDF)
C2 Application:- for leave to commence proceedings; for an order or direction in existing proceedings; to be joined as, or cease to be, a party in existing family proceedings.
C3 Notice of Proceedings
C4 Acknowledgement
C5 Confidential Address
C6 Statement of Service
C7 Supplement for an application for financial provision for a child or variation of financial provision for a child.
C7A Statement of means
F1 Application for Transfer of tenancy
F2 Application for an non-molestation order/ an occupation order including Notes for Guidance
F3 Notification to parties of the date and place of hearing
F4 Statement of Service
F5 Notice to Mortgagees and Landlords
F8 Application to vary, extend or discharge an order
M1 Originating Summons
M4 Statement of Arrangements for Children
M5 Notice of Proceedings
M5A Notice of Proceedings: Civil Partnership Act 2004
M6 Acknowledgement of Service
M6A Acknowledgement of Service: Civil Partnership Act 2004
M7 Affidavit of Service
M8 Certificate of Readiness
M10 Notice of Application for Decree Nisi to be made Absolute or Conditional Order to be made Final
M13 Notice of Application for Ancillary Relief
M14 Notice of Application for Ancillary Relief under Article 12(2)
M15 Notice of Intention to Proceed with an Application for Ancillary relief made in Petition or Answer

Divorce Petition (PDF) - Notes for Guidance (PDF)
Divorce Petition (Word)

Decree Absolute Search Application Form (PDF)

Appeals

If you are unsure about how to complete these forms you should seek legal advice. Information about fees, times within certain actions must be done, venues for hearings etc is obtainable from your local court office. Court staff cannot give legal advice.

Notice of Appeal to the Magistrates' Court (PDF)

Notice of Appeal to Family Care Centre (PDF)

Notice of Appeal to the County Court (PDF)

Notice of Appeal to the High Court (PDF)