How to represent yourself in the family court
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We made this short film because we know that going to court without a solicitor is a very frightening and stressful experience and we want to help.
It looks at the questions people who have represented themselves told us they worried about most, and shows you simple tips that you can use to put your side as well as you can.
Produced - April 2019
Reviewed September 2022
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About this film
The information in this guide applies to England and Wales and is for general purposes only. The law may be different if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
The law is complicated. We have simplified things in the guide to give you an idea of how the law applies to you. Please don't rely on this guide as a complete statement of the law or as a substitute for getting legal advice about what to do in the specific circumstances of your case.
The quotes and cases we refer to are not always real but show a typical situation. We hope they help you think about how to deal with your own situation.
We are grateful to the Family Justice Council for funding this short film. We would like to thank all those who provided feedback on the script.
This film was reviewed thanks to funding from Litigant in Person Support Strategy.