|One of the
most empowering aspects of being a McKenzie
Friend is to have an independent insight into the
Family Law system and to scrutinise the practices
within in. My conclusion is that all is not well.
Any expectation that a person going
through the traumatic life event of separation
should routinely pay upwards of £15,000 for
legal representation to gain access to children,
to resolve child arrangements or seek financial
resolution, often with the most straight forward
of applications is simply wrong and unjustified.
At a fraction of the cost,
a McKenzie Friend can support you through a
system based on practical and straight forward
procedures and to help you build a case that
reduces conflict and focuses on the defined
determining factors and principles that are based
on common sense checklists rather than complex
The closed and self serving
system that has for decades perpetuated a myth
that 'Family Law Needs Lawyers' is now being
exposed as more and more Litigants in Person
empower themselves to take their own cases
forward. The genie is finally out of the bottle
and it isn't going back in anytime soon.
Whilst many professionals
may have eagerly financially prospered off the
back of their client's drawn out emotional
conflicts, for any Litigant in Person, the way
forward is to be the first to effectively manage
and reduce conflict and to seek a reasonable
resolution from the outset.
From my extensive practice
and experience, I would without hesitation
recommend that seeking a free consultation with
an experienced McKenzie Friend Lay Person, who
mentors in conflict management, should be your
very first step to take.'