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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.
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.
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.
We have a selection of experienced and friendly McKenzie Friends waiting to assist you.
The Legal Services Consumer Panel believes there should be a culture shift in the legal market to improve access to justice following the government's withdrawal of legal aid for many areas of civil litigation.
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.