The Family Court
In the UK, if you have a case that involves family law in any capacity, then you might eventually have to face trial or other proceedings within The Family Court. The Family Court is described as a “court of equity.” It is convened in order to decide on matters that involve custody of children (in the UK, this terminology is no longer recognized and has been changed to “who the children should live with.”), marriage issues, property and financial relations between the spouses, divorce, and also cases that may involve domestic violence as well as the support of children.
The UK Family Courts
It is worth noting that under UK Family Law, there are actually two family courts as of April 22, 2014. These two family courts decide on different matters that fall directly under their jurisdiction. The first is the Family Division of the High Court, which we will discuss first.
The Family Division of the High Court
Basically, the family division of the high court deals with family law matters of a generally controversial nature. These cases may involve anything related to UK family law from divorce to children as well as probate. What distinguishes the family division of the high court from The Family Court is that the high court deals with cases that are of great importance to the parties involved. Furthermore, the Family Division of the High Court has exclusive jurisdiction over cases involving wardship as well as cases that involve children’s welfare.
The Family Court
This court was created only in 2013. All cases involving UK family law that do not require the jurisdiction of the Family Division of the High Court fall under the jurisdiction of The Family Court. It is actually a merger of the family functions of the magistrate courts and county courts.
Failure To Attend Hearing
Being summoned by The Family Court to make an appearance can be quite a stressful experience. This is why you may be contemplating on just skipping the hearing and then hoping for the best as to what happens next. As you might have guessed, this is definitely ill-recommended.
The worst-case scenario is that The Family Court may issue a warrant for your arrest. The implication here is pretty simple. The court will now deputize the police in order to secure your attendance for the next scheduled court hearing. This means that you will be arrested and brought to court against your will. This can be extremely embarrassing and will no doubt cause you even more stress.
What You Should Really Do
If you are facing a family law case and you are stressed out as to what to do, what you really need to do is to find a reputable solicitor who can provide you with legal assistance and advise as soon as possible. The family law solicitor will be able to explain to you clearly where you stand as far as the case is concerned goes and what your legal options are.
You definitely need to show up for court in order to ensure that your right and interests are protected during the course of the hearing.