If you are a litigant in person(LiPs) (meaning you do not have a solicitor working for you) and you do not already have a Mckenzie friend (a person who acts as an advisor, but is not a legal professional), then our Court Support Team can help you.
What do we do?
As a client via our mentoring service, you will have the option of being referred to our unique Barrister Representation Service (BRS).
Our BRS is a ground-breaking service that allows our clients to access a legal professional to represent them at court on a fixed-fee basis; therefore ensuring our client has security against escalating legal costs.
We understand that going through family separation can be a very traumatic time for anyone and having to compose documents with no legal knowledge can be extremely difficult. Our Court Support Team are here to assist with this and to make the process less stressful for you and your family. We do this by helping with:
- Getting you court ready. Working alongside the mentoring team to support you in any way we can
- Interpreting court documents
- Preparation of position statements
- Preparation of witness statements
- Bundle preparation
- We can review evidence and make suggestions to relevance.
- Ensuring you deliver documents according to deadlines.
Barrister Representation Service (BRS)
The complexity of the Family Court system has brought many dads to the brink of despair. At Dads Unlimited we appreciate that not everyone has access to legal representation due to financial situations. Unfortunately, legal aid for family law was abolished in 2013 (save in circumstances involving domestic abuse), and has thus made the rise of parents entering the court process with little or no legal support.
We believe everyone deserves the chance to have fair access and affordable representation to help ensure smooth court proceedings for all parties involved. If you are not eligible for legal aid and need help, we offer a Barrister Representation Service.
Dads Unlimited’s unique Family Court Support and Barrister Representation Service have been made possible, because we are able to instruct barristers for you directly. This is possible due to having been granted a license access certificate from the Bar Standards Board. We have a Barrister Referral Service Agreement that is sent to all clients who wish to use this service and outlines the process.
As a charity, the service that we offer to our clients is free of charge. To position ourselves to thrive and not just survive, it is important that we receive donations. No amount is too small to donate and there is no such thing as an amount that is too big! We appreciate every penny and pound that comes our way.
On average it costs Dads Unlimited £908.92 per client to support them throughout the family court process.