April 1st 2013 saw the abolition of legal aid for almost all private family law cases. This significant change to the legal framework poses many new challenges. In some respects it levels the playing field, in others it creates new challenges for those parents engaged in opposed child contact cases where there is no legal aid.
Until recently you often found that the resident parent by virtue of not working got legal aid whilst the non-resident parent either had to pay £000's of pounds in legal costs or do it themselves. Most lawyers will advise against representing yourself and there are some good reasons but mostly it is to protect their incomes. Equally some Judges have been anti those representing themselves as they see a litigant in person as a potential irritant as they have strict obligations to the Court to protect a litigant in person that they don't have to someone who is represented.
This is where we come in, in the absence of legal aid you might not be able to afford legal representation but this is not the end you can represent yourself. Unfortunately it isn't yet possible to have lay representation (without the permission of the court)however you can have a McKenzie Friend and you can prepare yourself. If done right you can achieve anything a lawyer can, more cost effectively and probably in half the time! We are proof of this.
We can help, take our family court confidence course, for the cost of 1 hour of legal advice it will give you all the tools you need. Alternatively use our services on a pay as you go basis for the completion of forms, proofing and preparation of witness statements.
2 Day Course Includes:
Form Preparation (C100,C79 etc)
Do's and Don'ts
Lawyer tactics and dirty tricks
Preparation for court
Managing the Judge
Who can and can't help