Represent Yourself in the Family Court

(and do yourself justice)

Learn everything you need to know about

representing yourself in court

One hour per month

That’s all the time I was initially offered to see my two children after my wife and I divorced back in 2001. I was distraught. But I wasn’t willing to accept this. I couldn’t afford a solicitor, so I decided to get clued up and represent myself in court. There were many ups and downs during the process, but in the end I was able to gain much more contact with my sons and we have an excellent relationship to this day.

18 years of experience

The process of representing myself in court inspired me to support others in the same situation, first as a McKenzie Friend, and then as a qualified lawyer and barrister. I’ve helped people overcome challenges such as obtaining a more favourable divorce settlement or gaining more access to their children. Now, I’ve put all of my knowledge and expertise from supporting people in the Family Courts for 18 years into this comprehensive training course.

Representing yourself in court is not a stupid idea

Maybe you can’t afford a solicitor to represent you, or perhaps you think you can do a better job of it yourself. Whatever your motivation, the truth is that you don’t have to be an expert in the law to represent yourself in court. But you do need a little insider knowledge about the rules and processes, and some thorough preparation. You need to know how to give the judge what they need to make their decision, and increase the chances that the outcome goes in your favour. If you prepare and do things properly, you can represent yourself without damaging your case and feel proud of rising to the challenge. 

Guiding you through

The Represent Yourself course will walk you through the whole process step by step, and I’ll answer any questions you have and support you all the way. You’ll have lifetime access to the course materials so that you can return to them whenever you need to, at your own pace. The course is simple and easy to follow. You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group just for students to discuss any aspects of the course or your situation. It always helps to chat to people who are going through the same thing as you. 

I’ve been where you are now – you can read more about my story here – so I know how it feels, but I also know that YOU CAN DO THIS.

Imagine how much more confident you’ll feel walking into that courtroom with all this knowledge behind you.

What you’ll learn on the course

Module 1: The reality of representing yourself

Get all the answers to your burning questions like:

  • Is it a good idea to represent myself and how will doing so affect my case?
  • Will it be like I’ve seen on TV?
  • What do I even call the judge?
  • How will I know what to say and how should I present myself?
  • Where can I find all the information I need to prepare?
  • Can someone accompany me to court?

Module 2: Preparing for the First Hearing

  • What forms you need to complete and documents to prepare (including samples).
  • How CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) can help you.
  • Countering an offer from your ex’s solicitor if you aren’t happy with it.
  • What makes good evidence and what to do with it.
  • Setting realistic expectations for contact with your child.
  • How you can access further advice and support.
  • What happens on the day and afterwards.
  • How to cope with nerves and a fear of looking stupid, and focus on driving your case forward.

Module 3: After the First Hearing

  • How to gather further information if requested by the court,
  • Accessing drug, alcohol and mental health reports.
  • Obtaining a Section 7 report.
  • What the Final Hearing is and how you can prepare for it.
  • How to write a Statement and get support with this.
  • Seeking further help and advice.

People I’ve helped take back control say:

“We found the course to be very insightful, and we came away feeling more confident in our ability to self represent in our upcoming case. Thank you Simon.


“Easy to follow, very informative, reassuring. Excellent course.”


“Found the course very informative. Very clear, taken a lot away from it. Also the fear of self representation goes once you have been on his course. Highly recommended.”


  • £120 one-off payment
  • 2 hour online course covering 3 modules
  • Start whenever you’re ready
  • Telephone support throughout
  • Access to a private, supportive Facebook group of fellow students
  • Sample documents to download
  • Lifetime access to the course so you can dip in and out whenever you like

And if you need a little more convincing…

Why not take a look at my FREE lecture on representing yourself in the family court. I’ll walk you through what you need to know about the process and you’ll get a taster of what you can expect from the course.

Here’s a quick preview

And if you want to see the full version just pop your details in here and you’ll get instant access to the whole lecture .

I’m sure after that you’ll feel ready to dive into the course and feel confident that you’re as prepared as you can be for representing yourself in court.