When it comes to Family Law, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions floating around which might make it hard for you to know what to believe. It can be even more difficult to separate fact from fiction when you’re representing yourself in court...

How Important are Position Statements and Section 7 Reports in the Family Court?

Representing Yourself in Court Facing a Family Court hearing can be a daunting prospect for anyone, let alone if you’re representing yourself in court.  There’s a lot of emotion and tension involved, and it’s hard to concentrate on the practical aspects of preparing for your hearing.   Knowing what documents you need to prepare and how to complete them correctly is a challenge.  It’s really wise to get some support from a legal professional with the documentation so you know you’re doing things properly and maximising the chance of getting the outcome you want.    However, if you’re representing yourself in court due to the expense of hiring a solicitor (as many people are), this might not be an option for you.    So, does this mean your case will fail?  Does it mean you’re not going to get the right outcome?  The answer is a definitive NO.  You are one of thousands of people who represent themselves and many of them are successful.  Today, I’m going to talk to you about two important documents that will help you if you use them correctly.    Writing a Position Statement for the Family Courts What Important Documents do I Need to Know About? The first is the Position Statement and, yes, you have to write it.  This is an overview of your situation and what you would like the court to do for you. But how do you write one?  Knowing how to effectively outline your circumstances and what action you’d like the court to take in a concise and logical manner is important.     You know what you want to say but is it what you should say?  How formal should it be?  How long?  How detailed?      If there are children involved in your case, you might also have heard about the CAFCASS Section 7 Report and be wondering what it entails.  Again, you’re likely to have questions that you want answered.     Does everyone have a Section 7 Report?  Who writes it?  Am I involved?  What should I do or say?   To help you answer these questions and more, read on.