Representing Yourself in Court

More than half (58%) of all parents who attended Court in 2013/2014 represented themselves in the proceedings, ie they did not have a solicitor to represent them, according to a Freedom of Information request of the Court service.

The increase of parents representing themselves is due to the fact that legal aid is no longer available in most family law cases.  Over half of the litigants were mothers who represented themselves.

Family law is sophisticated in that one size does not fit all.  If you are experiencing problems regarding the contact or living arrangements for your children you should get some legal advice with a view to an agreement being reached without the need for court intervention. If Court proceedings are necessary then we can advise you on the process and help you prepare your case.  If you are on a tight budget and do not have the funds for representation in Court we offer a Pay as You Go service whereby you can meet with us for advice and to go through your case and help you prepare Statements or other court documents but you represent yourself at the court hearing.

For advice please contact Amanda Weaver amandaweaver@newleafsolicitors.co.uk or 01788 555042