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Family Law Assistance

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Philly Ricketts PhD

Profile:   Philly has personal experience of going through the Family Courts without legal representation and chose to begin McKenzie Friend work in 2015 to help others in a similar situation. She has a PhD in history with a focus on legal structures, which has sharpened her eye for detail and aided her understanding of case law. She has previously worked as a social work assistant, teaching assistant, school governor, researcher, translator and nanny. She is a committee member of her local Families Need Fathers branch.

Service and Support

Going through the family courts to sort child or financial arrangements is a stressful experience. Parents who cannot afford legal representation may feel out of their depth and vulnerable. Philly can help make the process less stressful and easier to navigate.

Philly can provide assistance from the beginning of a case, including help with filling out forms, preparing court documentation, using case law effectively and attendance at court.


E-Mail: Philly Ricketts

Philly believes very strongly that children do better when they have a meaningful relationship with both parents where at all possible, and that no parent should be unjustly denied a relationship with their children. She takes a collaborative but firm approach to help parents reach agreement outside the courtroom where practicable,and seeks to obtain the best possible outcome for their children.