It is probably stating the obvious but separation and divorce come at a great cost and upheaval to your family’s personal finances. Often this places one parent at a great disadvantage which, on top of everything else, can really enhance the feelings of injustice and helplessness.
With just a little help and a pointer in the right direction it IS possible to represent yourself in Family Court as a Litigant in Person with very little expense other than time and effort. There are some basic starters and information here; more options on our ‘alternative services’ page and you will find much help and advise, much of it free, from our listed McKenzie Friends. (Follow the links on this page and others.)
Take time to explore these options and to download the forms you might need to start your case or even understand more about why you are the respondent. Remember that you are not alone and there are many places to seek help and advice from. Please make sure you get the best advice you can. And always find a McKenzie Friend of your choice rather than one who finds you!
The Custody Minefield
Possibly the best source of information about Family Law and a wealth of resources to help you.
The Divisional Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy described The Custody Minefield as a ‘gem of information'. And they now have smart phone guides to add to their ever growing library of information.
Mobile App (FLAPP)
Our Family Law App answers many hundreds of questions that can arise when parents separate and can't reach agreement, are unable to afford a lawyer, or who simply wish to be better informed.
Court Forms -England and Wales
There are many different forms to use in Family Law cases. Below, for your convenience, are the main ones. If in doubt please feel free to drop us a quick email.
CAFCASS Parenting Plan
The Parenting Plan is a written plan worked out between parents after they separate and it covers the practical issues of parenting. Please see the link below.