You can represent yourself in court with the correct information at hand. We offer a selection of products showcased below in various formats tailored to your specific needs for your proceedings.
Whether you seek occasional guidance, a comprehensive document pack illustrating the proper format and content for your application, the review of a statement, or even a fully managed service, all these options are readily available here.
Being prepared means ensuring the completion of appropriate documents in advance, allowing ample time for thoughtful consideration and potential revisions.
Being ready involves avoiding any last-minute rush, ensuring crucial documents or evidence are ready and bringing the necessary documents to the court.
Being confident means having command of the situation. You will understand what is required and be ready to deliver promptly and accurately to the appropriate individual.
Be prepared. Be ready. Be confident
If you and your spouse have reached mutually acceptable terms, you can formalise them into a legally binding court order. During asset division, this safeguard will shield you from future complications and disputes. Even though an agreement might seem solid now, emotions can disrupt lives, and individuals might reconsider their decisions due to new relationships, additional children, or lapses in maintenance payments. A consent order is the only way to secure legal protection against potential repercussions.
Full package, First Financial Hearing FDA
This option includes everything that you will need to be ready for your first financial hearing. It includes making the application, completing the Form E, all of the other paperwork required and advice and telephone and email assistance. Attendance in court to support you is also an option available.
Full package, Second Financial Hearing FDR
Having completed the FDA you will need to provide further information to the court and make an offer to settle. This option includes all of the [a[erwork required for you to attend this hearing prepared for what will happen, together with all of the advice that you require to feel confident in your approach. Attendance in court is also an option available.
Make a financial application
Before starting a financial application, explore alternative options. It is essential to consider if the court's approach to financial settlements suits you. This resource has application guidance, sample forms, and illustrative examples to assist you.
Complete a Form E
Ensure you share all your financial information with the court. Be aware of the common mistakes people make when filling out Form E. Know what's needed and use the step-by-step guide and sample Form E provided to help you fill it out correctly.
Other documents required after Form E but before the FDA hearing
Understand the intention behind each document: chronology, questionnaire, statement of issues, and Form G. Utilise the provided templates and refer to the example documents as you work on them.
The FDA hearing
Compose a hearing note, similar to a position statement, to help the judge comprehend your financial circumstances and your role within them. Familiarise yourself with the proceedings during the hearing and determine if you require assistance in the courtroom.
The ES1 and ES2 documents
Sometimes these documents might be required before the initial hearing; usually, they are prepared after the FDA and before the FDR stage. Learn the correct way to complete both forms accurately.
Other documents and information required
After the FDA hearing, the court often requires additional information such as details on mortgage eligibility, alternate housing options, pension assessments, and more. Understand the objectives of each requirement and learn how to acquire accurate and relevant information.
The FDR Hearing and making an offer
The FDR hearing focuses on proposals and attempts to achieve a resolution. While there are grounds for concluding matters at this hearing, there are also valid justifications for extending proceedings to a final hearing. Recognise the distinctions and rationale behind the decision to decline a settlement. Crafting an offer is a skill and should not involve picking a random number or focussing on other cases, as everyone's situation is unique.
Section 25 Statement
If you proceed to a final hearing, you will receive an order to provide a Section 25 statement. Understand the requirements of the statement, read an example, and utilise our template to create a Section 25 statement tailored to your circumstances.
The Final Hearing
What happens during the Final hearing? How does it work? What criteria is the court evaluating? Ensure you fully understand and are confident to adapt your presentation to get your desired outcome.
Cross Examination and Closing Submission
Every final hearing will centre around cross-examining the evidence and concluding remarks. Explore how Barristers strategise their questions and why skilful cross-examination works. Recognise the reason for drafting a closing submission before preparing your cross-examination.
Appealing your Final Hearing
The court operates within a framework of rules and regulations the judge must adhere to prevent the hearing from being appealed. It's important to note that a request to appeal due to personal disagreement with the verdict is not a valid cause. However, successful appeals do occur frequently, guided by specific criteria. Yet, these prerequisites are crucial; without them, pursuing an appeal could result in a costly and fruitless expenditure of 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.