Going to the family court can be and often is not only daunting, but extremely distressing for the vast majority of parents.
Just being in the position of having to go to family court is anxiety provoking enough.
If in addition, you need to represent yourself because you can’t get legal aid or simply choose to wish to represent yourself and require assistance in gaining the knowledge and skills you need to do so successfully, you may be pleased to note that you’ve landed on the appropriate website.
But I do think you need to hear the truth about representing yourself in family court.
Going to court without a solicitor can be very tough, but then in truth, it can be tough whether you have a solicitor or not.
The point I’m trying to make is that you have to work at developing the skills you need which means that you have to be prepared to listen and be open to engaging in the coaching process.
The benefit from your point of view is that in the event you receive coaching from me, you will be receiving coaching from an expert not only in child care and parenting, but also from someone who is an expert witness in family court proceedings.
What this means is that you will be coached by someone who not only understands the court process, but also has ‘inside’ knowledge about how best to present when working with or being interviewed by the Cafcass Officer; someone who can offer you expert help in ensuring your statement is child centred and can prepare you for giving evidence at court, should that be necessary (please see my CV in the about us page)
In addition, I can offer you vital parenting advice and guidance such that you are able to present in a consistent manner and that your case is in tune with what’s in the best interests of your child.
As you can see from the website I am also able to act as a McKenzie Friend for you, which means that (providing it’s agreed by the court which it almost invariably is) should you request it I will be able to go into the court room with you.
But you will need to do the talking or represent yourself, I will however be able to guide you quietly, jog your memory or make certain things available to you, to assist you, as and when necessary.
Given what I have described above you may now better appreciate why you are likely to have to practice presenting your information and arguing your case.
Although it all probably sounds extremely difficult you’ll be surprised what you can achieve if you put your mind to it and follow instructions.