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Representing yourself in family proceedings

Representing yourself in family proceedings

The most recent Family Court statistics released in March 2018 show that 37% of all parties involved in cases before the court were unrepresented; the highest number ever.

It takes Solicitors a minimum of 6 years to qualify and the first time attending court, even after years of training, is a nerve wracking experience. Therefore, it is astounding how people manage to attend court and represent themselves. Added to the pressure is the emotional involvement and having to face your former partner again.

Representing yourself may feel like your only option as the traditional way of instructing Solicitors could become expensive.

However, there are many other options available to you to enable you to at least get some guidance and advice in relation to proceedings. These include:

  Initial free advice

 

  Fixed fees to prepare a statement or Form E

 

  Fixed fees to represent at a hearing

 

  Pay-as-you-go advice – only pay for the time you spend with a Solicitor

We can discuss which options may suit you best and can help you to provide reassurance that you are on the right track and give you confidence within the proceedings. We will also discuss with you whether mediation is an alternative way forward.

At Swain and Co we will also always consider whether you could be eligible for legal aid.

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