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From 1 April 2013 you may be unable to obtain Legal Aid and, without funds, find access to a solicitor to assist you resolve a family dispute; for example relative to child contact, separation or divorce both difficult and costly.

You can check to see if you are eligible for Legal Aid - using the GOV.UK link opposite. Without Legal Aid, or funds to pay a solicitor, you may well need an alternative way of preparing for a visit to your Family Court - without any idea of the procedures and legal etiquette you will need to follow.

However, there is an alternative.

Welcome to Mckenzie Friends.

On 1 April 2013, the reform of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 took effect and changed the scope of Legal Aid.

The Family Court has for some years allowed people representing themselves to be assisted by a McKenzie Friend.

Our web page McKenzie Friends provides more information about how you can be helped if you cannot obtain Legal Aid, afford a solicitor or simply do not wish to pay the normally high fees/cost associated with a solicitor.

We provide information and advice to all parents who are seeking to maintain a full, meaningful and responsible, relationship with their children after family break down or divorce.

We aim to assist those parents in their endeavours to achieve equal and just treatment in the Family Courts and from their associated services.

We recognise the value of good parenting and will  support all parents who work together for and in the best interests of their children.

Our aim: to provide reassurance, guidance and support for you and your family during your difficult and challenging journey. We will be there to assist you throughout this process.

Click on the link to check eligibility.