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Module 1: Introduction to Family Court
         
         
         
         
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The Role of the McKenzie Friend

  • What is a McKenzie Friend? (2min 25s)
  • Why become a McKenzie Friend? (9min 38s)
  • Types of McKenzie Friends (13min 20s)
  • You don't need lawyers (17min)
  • What about me? (19min 36s)
  • Mission Statement (23min 45s)
 
 
Practice Guidance July 2010
 
Article 6 Human Rights Act
 
Interesting Reading
 
Equal Treatment Benchbook
 
What About Me?
         
         
 

Understanding Conflict

  • Parents behaving badly
  • Abuse and safeguarding (4min 15s)
  • It's not a parenting competition (13min)
  • Right of the child (14min 23s)
  • Conflict trigger fctors? (16min 45s)
  • Harmful behaviours (25min 50s)
 
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Practice Direction 12J
 
Child Welfare Checklist
 
Section 25 Factors
 
 
 
         
         
 
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Managing Information

  • 90% of information is irrelevant
  • What is information? (6min 41s)
  • Assertions (9min 26s)
  • Accusations (14min 15s)
  • Parent's Opinions (19min 35s)
  • Expert Opinions (23min 40s)
  • Recap (27min 34s)
  • Evidence (28min 55s)
  • Facts (36min 35s)
  • Standard of Proof (39min 15s)
  • Conflict +- (42min 32s)
  • Position and Strategy (40min 25s)
 
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Information Cycle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
         
         
 
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Module 2: Child Arrangement Orders
 
           
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  Session 1:        
   
Introduction to your client
Mr Matthew Groves
 
  • Introduction
  • Contact from Mr Groves (2min 10sec)
  • Urgent Support (3min)
  • Marketing your service (4min 55sec)
  • Can't afford a solicitor (5min 45sec)
  • My wife wants a divorce (7min 30min)
  • 14 days to leave the house (10min 52sec)
  • I was arrested (15min 8sec)
  • I need my belongings (20min 5sec)
  • Prohibited steps and Specific Issues (23min 30sec)
  • Clear lines of communication (28min 50sec)
  • Path of Light Not Hate (31min)
 
E-mail from client Mr Groves
 
 
           
           
  Session 2:        
   
First Client Pone Call
and CAP Flow Chart
 
  • Introduction
  • Purpose of the first call (1min 15sec)
  • How to secure the client (2min 10sec)
  • Direction of travel (3min)
  • Talking to Mr Groves: welfare (3min 49sec)
  • Parameters and rules (5min)
  • Child Arrangements (6min)
  • Finances (9min 25sec)
  • Divorce (11min 40sec)
  • Safeguarding and conclusion(14min 15sec)
  • The CAP Flow Chart (20.05min)
  • The MIAM (21min 40sec)
  • C100 + C1a (24min 5sec)
  • Form C7 (25min 45sec)
  • Cafcass Phone Call and Letter (27min 15sec)
  • Section 7 Report (29min)
  • DRA (30min)
  • Final Hearing (33min 30sec)
  • Exceptions to the usual 3 hearing route (34.45)
  • The SPIP (36min 30sec)
 
 
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Child Arrangements Flow Chart
 
Practice Directions MIAM
 
Online C100 + C1a
 
Form C7
 
Notice of Proceedings
 
Child Welfare Checklist
 
SPIP
 
PD12J Harm and DA / DV
 
What about Me?
           
           
  Session 3:        
   
Completing the Online C100 + C1a
Parental Responsibility
Cafcass Risk Factors
 
  • Introduction
  • The Online Portal (0min 50sec)
  • Getting started (3min 30sec)
  • Which Order? (4min 35sec)
  • MIAM (6min 5sec)
  • Risk of abduction? (10min)
  • Safety Concerns (12.20)
  • What Order (21min 0min)
  • Details and decisions (25min 25sec)
  • Urgent and Without Notice? (32 min)
  • Why are you applying? (39min 45sec)
  • Safety arangements (45min 25sec)
  • Submitting application (46min 10sec)
  • Help with fees (46min 50min)
  • Parental Responsibility (51min)
  • Permission to apply (53min 45sec)
  • Cafcass Risk Factors (56 mins)
 
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Online C100 + C1a
 
Completed C100
 
Help With Fees - Apply Online
 
Parental Responsibility
 
Cafcass Operating Framework
 
Cafcass Risk Factors
           
           
  Session 4:        
   
Acknowledgement of Service
Cafcass Safeguarding Call and Letter
Child Welfare Checklist
Position Statements
First Hearing DRA
 
  • Recap
  • Form C7 (2min 5 Sec)
  • Form C1a
  • Notice of Proceedings (3min 5sec)
  • Safeguarding phone call (5min)
  • Safeguarding Letter (8min)
  • Safeguarding recommendations (22 min)
  • Child Welfare Checklist (29min)
  • Position Statement Mr Groves (39min 30sec)
  • Specific Issues and Prohibited Steps (50mins)
  • Position Statement Mrs Groves (52min 50sec)
  • FirstHearingDRA (1.06min 23s)
  • Chat with Cafcass (1.07min 15s)
  • Classic mistake by Mr Groves (1.08min 30s)
  • FHDRA Continued (1.13min 0sec)
 
 
 
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C7 Acknowledgement of Service
 
Blank C1a
 
First appontment letter
 
Cafcass Safeguarding Call Plan
 
Safeguarding Letter
 
Child Welfare Checklist
 
Position Statement Mr Groves
 
Position Statement Mrs Groves
 
Formal Undertaking Form
           
           
  Session 5:        
   
The Cafcass Section 7 Report
Second Position statements
Meeting with Cafcass
The Dispute Resolution Appointment
 
  • Recap
  • Cafcass S7 Report (4min 55sec)
  • Analysis of Section 7 Report (6min)
  • Why lawyers won't help (46min 25sec)
  • Integrity Policy (49min 45sec)
  • Position Statement Matt Groves (51min 15sec)
  • Matts direction of travel (1.01min)
  • Position Statement Abigail Groves (1.03min)
  • What is a recital? (1.12min)
  • Speaking to Cafcass before the DRA (1.17min)
  • Which school should Sandy go to? (1.23min 45sec)
  • Let's roll the dice! (1.27min)
  • Top Tip (1.30mins 45sec)
  • The DRA (1.34min)
  • A good day in the office (1.38mins).
  • The 'Officer of the Court' explained (1.39mins).
 
 
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Cafcass Section 7 Summary
 
Position Statement Matt Groves
 
Position Statment Abigail Groves
 
           
           
  Session 6:        
   
Narrative Statements
The Final Hearing
 
  • The end game
  • GP Letter (5min 40sec)
  • Narrative Statement Mr Groves (8min)
  • Arguments on the Checklist (23min 40sec)
  • Sandy's Schooling Resolved (34min 30sec)
  • Narrative Statement Mrs Groves (38min 25min)
  • Court B undle and Index (57min 45sec)
  • The Final Hearing - at court (15min 8sec)
  • Evidence in Chief (1:22min 50sec)
  • Put your questions to Cafcass and Abigail.
  • Never 'coach your client' (1:28min 20sec)
  • Final Submissions
  • The Judgement (1:37min 20min)
  • Foundation of your learning (1:38min 15sec)
  • Officer of the cvourt (1:50min)
  • Networking is essential (1:52min 45Sec)
  • You don't need lawyers and recap (end)
 
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GP Letter
 
Employment letter
 
Child Welfare Check List
 
Narrative Statement Matthew
 
Narrative Statement Abigail
 
Practice Direction 27A
 
Bundle Index.
 
Final Hearing Notes
       
           
 
 
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  • Questions to Cafcass
  • Questions to Abigail
  • Cafcass Safeguarding Tools
  • Form C2 Explained
  • Example of Final Order

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Module 3: Fact-Findings
 
 
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Allegations, Safeguarding Letter
First Directions Hearing,
Scott Schedule
Case Management Hearing
 
  • Introduction + content warning
  • CAP Flow Chart (3min 15s)
  • Abigail's C1a (4min 55s)
  • Cafcass Safeguarding Letter (14min 45s)
  • Practice Directions 12J (22min 15s)
  • Chat about Position Statements(36min 55s)
  • First Directions Hearing (40min 45s)
  • Chat with Mr Groves (48mins 15s)
  • Abigail's Scott Schedule (51min 30s)
  • Case Mangement Hearing (1.02min 30secs)
  • Back to PD12J (1.11min 15s)
  • Interim Contact (1.18min 15s)
  • Chat with Mr Groves (1.21min)
  • What has the lawyer achieved? (1.23min 15s)
  • What Mr Groves wants! (1.25min)
 
 
CAP Flow Chart
 
Abigail's C1a
 
Cafcass Risk Factors
 
Safeguarding Letter
 
Practice Directions 12J
 
McKenzie Friend Guidance
 
Abigail's Scott Schedule
 
Child Welfare Checklist
 
Support
 
Refuge: Helpline
 
Gov: Information
         
         
 
How to write an
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to the highest standard of excellence
 
  • Introduction + graphic content warning
  • Solicitors statement 5/10
  • Re-writing it to the highest standard
  • Writers block! How to start (36min 30sec)
  • Preparation for next session (38min 45sec)
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Scott Schedule
 
Abigail's Statement
 
Natalie's Statement
 
Matthew's Statement
 
GP Letter
         
         
 
You are the Judge
Examine the Evidence
You Decide!
 
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  • Warning graphic descriptions (0min 45s)
  • Scott Schedule Reminder (1min 15s)
  • Fact Finding Format (3 min 10s)
  • Direction s 12J Para 28 to 31 (5min 11s)
  • Organising the papers (13 min 15s)
  • Scott Schedule Allegation 2 (14min 30s)
  • Examining GP Letter (23 min)
  • Mr Groves response to allegation (28m 30s)
  • Scott Schedule Allegation 4 (36min)
  • Mr Groves response.
  • Statement of Natalie Barnet (41min 15s)
  • Scott Schedule Allegation 5 (55min 20sec)
  • Abigails Statement (57min 5 sec)
  • Matthew Groves Response (1hr 30sec)
  • You decide (1hr 5min)
  • Submit your Findings
 
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Practice Directions 12J
         
         
 
Your Judgement
 
  • Findings to allegation 1
  • Findings to allegation 2 (6min 45s)
  • Findings to allegation 3 (12 min 15 secs)
  • Where does that all lead us? (24min 20s)
  • The DRA (25min 30)
  • What will Cafcass recommend? (32min)
  • Module end (33min 30 secs)
 
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Module 4: Financial Settlements
 
Module 4: Financial Settlements
 
           
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Introduction to your client
Mr Matthew Groves
His Family Financial Situation
 
  • Introduction
  • It is nothing more than project plan.
  • Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (5 min)
  • Section 25 Factors (6 Mins)
  • Be careful of TOLATA CLAIMS
  • The role of the McKenzie Friend (9mins)
  • Mr Gorves pre-read (10 mins)
  • Court Rules + Flow Chart (17mins 30 secs)
  • The First Appointment (29mins 15 secs)
  • Financial Dispute Resolution (38min 30sec)
  • Final Hearing (47 min)
 
 
 
 
McKenzie Friend Guidance
 
Pre-Read
 
Court Rules
 
Flow Chart
 
Matrimonial Causes Act
 
Preread
Next Session
 
Section 25 Factors
           
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Financial Remedy Flow Chart
Making an Application
 
  • Introduction
  • Section 25 Factors Explained (1min 45 mins)
  • Income and Earning Capacity
  • Financial Needs
  • Standard of Living
  • The Age of Each Party
  • Any Physical or Mental Disability
  • The Contributions of Each Party
  • The Conduct of Both Parties
  • Benefits Lost
  • Completing the Form A
  • Maintenance Pending Suit in More Detail
 
 
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Section 25 Factors
 
Form A
 
Mr Groves
Completed Form A
 
Maintenance Pending Suit
           
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Preparing for the First Appointment
Part 1
 
  • Directions Letter - It's a Project Plan
  • Completing The Form E (4min)
  • Schedule of Needs Mr Groves (45min 30s)
  • What Happens Next (53mins)
  • Abigail's Form E (56mins)
  • Schedule of Needs Mrs Groves (1hr 24mins)
  • Summing Up + Top Tip (1hr 28mins)
 
 
 
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Flow Chart
 
Blank Form E
 
Completed Form E
Mr Groves
 
Schedule of Needs Mr Groves
 
Completed Form E
 
Mrs Groves
 
Schedule of Needs Mrs Groves
 
Financial Information Summary
 
           
  Module 4 Session 4:        
   
Preparation Part 2
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The First Appointment
 
 
  • Introduction
  • The Questionnaire (2min 30s)
  • A golden nugget (24mins)
  • Another top tip (27min 30s)
  • The Chronology (31min 45s)
  • The Forn H (34min 15s)
  • The Issues Paper (39min 15s)
  • The Form G
  • The First Appointment
  • Debrief with Mr Groves
 
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Questionnaire + Response
 
Chronology
 
Form H
 
Issues Paper
 
Form G
 
Court Rules
           
  Module 4 Session 5:        
   
The FDR
 
  • Introduction and recap
  • Additional Disclosures (2min 45)
  • Time to think about offers
  • Thoughts of Mr Groves (19min)
  • Open and Without Prejudice offers (26min)
  • Full agreement or no agreement (29mins)
  • Counter offer from Mrs Groves (31 mins)
  • Top Tips (39 mins)
  • What is a FDRA? (42 mins)
  • Final preparation for FDRA (44min 30secs)
  • The Bundle
  • Case Note - Mrs Groves (50min)
  • Top Tip (1hr 2 mins)
  • McKenzie Friend Court CV (1hr 4mins)
  • Pre FDRA Negotiations (1hr 5 mins)
  • Another Top Tip (1hr 16 mins)
  • The FDRA with the Judge (1hr 17 mins)
 
 
 
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Additional Disclosures
 
Mr Groves Notes
 
Solicitor Letter
 
Bundle Directions 27a
 
Mrs Groves Case Notes
 
Revised Needs Schedule
 
           
  Module 4: Session 6:        
   
Preparation
and
The Final Hearing
 
  • Recap
  • Directions Letter (4min)
  • Catch Up with Mr Groves (8min 30 Secs)
  • Final Statement Mr Groves (10min 30s)
  • Final Statement Mrs Groves (36min 30s)
  • Bundle Index (60mins)
  • Golden Nugget (65mins)
  • Questions for Cross Examination (66mins)
  • Don't coach your client (78 mins)
  • Final Submissions (82 mins)
  • Top Tip (85 mins)
  • Final Hearing (91 mins)
  • Final Judgement (108 mins)
 
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Satatement Mr Groves
 
Statement Mrs Groves
 
           
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INTRODUCTION
No Fault Divorce
 
  • Introduction
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  • Solo vs Joint application (6mins 15 secs)
  • Total 8 mins 35 Seconds
 
Timeline
 
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Sole Applications and Flow Chart
 
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  • Digital Service & Paper Form (1min 45)
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  • Total 9 mins 14 seconds
 
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Digital Application
 
D8 Form
 
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Court Directions
           
           
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Joint Applications and Flow Chart
 
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  • Total 6 mins 51 secs
 
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Online Sole Application Walkthrough
 
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  • Total 32 mins 30 secs
 
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Module 6: Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders
 
 
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  • Introduction
  • Police Positive Action (2min 45s)
  • Consider the support of a McKenzie Friend (9min)
  • Focussing on Non-Mols (9min 45)
  • Relationship with our client (12min 30secs)
  • Should I believe my client? (14min 30 secs)
  • A 'Protective Order' (19mins)
  • Threats or use of violence (21mins)
  • Intimidation, harassment, pestering (25mins)
  • Health, safety and wellbeing (31mins)
  • Defences (36mins)
  • Application and Notes (38mins)
  • Excuse the rain and thunder!! (50mins)
  • Recap (59 mins)
  • Urgent and without notice (60mins)
  • Undertakings as alternative (62mins)
  • Three categories of Safety Measures (70mins)
  • Don't respond in haste (77mins)
 
 
 
The Family Law Act
 
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  • Welcome and introduction
  • Remain impartial (2mins)
  • Scenario (5min)
  • Practical issues and theory (8min 30s)
  • Vary the order by consent (9min)
  • Penal Notice (14min)
  • Options (15min)
  • C79 (19min)
  • Standard of proof and reasonable excuse (19min)
  • What the court considers? (23mins)
  • Nothing is as it seems (28 mins)
  • When contact is stopped.
  • Variation of orders and Cross applications(33 min)
  • What is a recital? (42 min)
  • Mr Groves C79
  • Who can apply?
  • What are the possible sanctions?
  • Conclusion

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Philip Kedge is a retired police Chief Inspector and the founder and director of the McKenzie Friend UK Network. His aim is to take family court matters out of the hands of lawyers with an ethical business to reduce conflict and acrimony, to provide access to cost effective McKenzie Friend national services and to reduce the emotional harm to children.
 
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