Rise in Family Court Self-Representation

It was revealed at the end of last month (May) that there has been an increase of almost 50 percent in the number of parents going through the courts for custody of their children who aren’t receiving legal advice.

According to results of a survey of 500 justices, 46 percent of people seen in private courts are now representing themselves; with magistrates suggesting that this could be leading to a negative impact on cases, due to an increase in delays.

Magistrates have also raised concerns that in cases where one parent is representing themselves and the other is receiving legal representation there is a risk of potential unfairness.

The rise in parents representing themselves in family courts follows changes to the legal aid provision, which came into force in April 2013 and mean that fewer people are now eligible for financial support via the family court proceedings.

As family law solicitors in Lincoln, we understand that family law issues can be complicated and that in most cases, we only get one chance to deal with things correctly; which is why we believe that it is important to seek experienced, tailored and impartial legal advice when going through a family dispute – such as matter relating to child custody and contact orders.

Our family law team are experienced in handling a range of family law matters, particularly those involving children; and through our advice you can be guaranteed that we will talk straight, get straight to the heart of any issue and always have your best interests at the centre of our thinking.

To find out more about how our family law solicitors can assist you in your family dispute, contact our team today.