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Narrative Statement for the Final Hearing

Disclaimer : This document does is not intended in anyway to constitute legal advice, it is a general information and signposting sheet. References to any persons, details and cases are entirely fictional. This provides a general example of how a position statement may be written.

McKenzie Friends are not lawyers. We are not legally qualified or trained. We assist and support people through family court as lay people acting as an informed friend.

If you have any questions about your case, or if we can assist you in preparing your Narrative Statement, then please contact us at www.mckenziefrienduk.net on 01420 370770.

Question 1 : What is a 'Narrative Statement' for the Final Hearing.

Answer :   Before you attend a Final Hearing the court will direct both parties to file and serve their final statements. The directions letter received by the court will provide the date and time this has to be done.

A 'Narrative Statement' provides both parties with the opportunity to give their positions on child arrangements and to provide evidence.

There is no set format for a 'Narrative Statement' but we suggest the following as a guideline.

a) Concise chronology.

b) A brief update of your circumstances and contact.

c) Response to the Cafcass Section 7 Report.

d) Any safeguarding issues.

e) Final order proposal.

f) Considerations under the 'Child Welfare Checklist'.

g) Appendices of any evidence.

  Your 'Narrative Statement' must be signed and dated as a statement of truth. This is usually with the words 'This statement is to the best of my knowledge and belief true'.