Representing yourself in court is not difficult with the right information. Below you will see a range of products which are available from us, in a variety of formats to suit you you wan tto work.
Whether you just need a guiding hand from time to time, a pack of documents to show how your document should look and what they should include, for your application and/or statements to be checked, or even a full service fully managed by us, they are all here.
Being prepared means that you have the right documents completed in good time, that you have had time to think about them and make changes if necessary.
Being ready means leaving nothing to the last minute, not overlooking important documents or evidence, not forgetting to take the documents to court with you.
Being confident means that you have it all under control. You are fully aware of whats required and you are fully prepared to deliver it, at the right time, to the right person.
Be prepared, be ready, be confident
If you are fortunate to have been able to agree terms with your spouse, you can turn it into a legally binding court order which will protect you from any future problems, arguments, or nonsense while dividing your assets. Whilst things might seem agreed today, emotions often play havoc with your lives and people often try to change their minds when new partners, new children, filed maintenance payment happen. A Consent Order is the only way to legally protect yourself from any comeback. If you do not have a legally binding order to fall back on, if your contact is stopped, you have no power to reinstate it. With a court order an application for enforcement will be possible. The majority of court orders are followed correctly.
Full package for your first hearing
If you are worried about the process to get things moving and are looking for a full service, this service will include an initial discussion about your situation, and then your application will be made. You will be coached for your CAFCASS Safeguarding Interview, and then we will write a Position Statement for the hearing. Also included is as much advice and preparation as you need to attend the hearing, either on your own (First hearings are not difficult) or accompanied if you prefer.
Make a children application
Before making your application consider these alternatives, learn how the court approaches children applications and decide whether it is for you. Also includes making the application, sample forms and examples to follow. Includes the Form E, confidential address and locating the children if you do not know where your ex has taken them.
Write a Position Statement
A Position Statement is one of the most important documents that you will write for a hearing. Having benefited from over 20 years of court hearing, I consider this an essential document. Lern how to write it, have it checked, and use our sample documents and use our template to guide you.
CAFCASS Safeguarding telepehone interview
Before your case is heard in court, CAFCASS will contact you to discuss the situation. learn what to say and what not to dsay. So many people use it as a therapy type session and make their situation far worse than it needs to be.
The first hearing, FHDRA
This hearing is genrally not difficult providing you follow certain rules. It can easily be pushed off track into a position more favourable to the other side if you do not have your wits about you.
Following your hearing the court will often need to make enquiries, whether drug or alcohol testing, welfare reports, Police disclosure or a wide range of possibilities. Understand what it required to prevent any delay to your case because you did not get the right information that the court needed.
Section 7 Report
When there are concerns at your parenting abilities or the children's welfare, it is common for CAFCASS to write a Section 7 Report for the court. Learn what will affect your case, what to avoid saying or doing and keep things on track for a good recommendation
Challenging the Section 7 Report
The next hearing following the report is to see if both sides agree and an agreed order can be made. If you are unhappy with the recommendation, learn how to challenge it and proceed to a final hearing.
Writing a Statement
When the court has reached a point where it cannot find an agreement between both sides, it will often order a statement to be provided in readiness for a Final Hearing. The Statement should contact iyour evidence and your version of events and is a critical document. Use our template and sample document to help you write yours.
The Final Hearing
How does it work, what happens, what is the court looking for, discover the key to all of these so that you can adjust your presentation to suit the outcome you are looking for.
Cross Examination and Closing Submission
All Final Hearings will be run on cross examination of the evidence and a closing submission. Learn how Barristers work out what to ask and why, and see how high quality cross examination works. Learn the key to effective cross examination. Understand why you write a closing submission before you prepare your cross examination.
Appealing your Final Hearing
The court is bound by many rules and regulations and the Judge must follow them. If they do not, the hearing is ripe to be appealed. You cannot appeal just because you dont like the outcome, but there are many reasons to appeal that do work, and appeals are successful all the time, but there are key ingediaents which you need. Without them making an appeal may end up a costly waste of your time.
I am Simon Walland and I am offering these services to show and explain how you can represent yourself in the family courts with confidence. Understand the procedure and what is expected of you to get the solution you are seeking I have been a McKenzie Friend since 2003 and have been in thousands of hearings at all levels of court. I have a Law Degree and was Called to the Bar as a Barrister in 2010. My experience includes teaching Law Students, McKenzie Friends and anybody representing themselves in the Courts since 2012. I have also provided specialist training courses to Domestic Abuse charities, Universities and various Support Groups and have been able to help several thousand people in that time.