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Family law court

Answered 7 months ago

Is it simple to represent yourself in family law court? Im starting to really really stress about how much its costing and at the moment self representation is looking like the only way to go

Im the only one contributing to childrens needs as well and if anything pops up i just cant do it as apart from bills and groceries everything else goes to legal costs


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1 year ago
Yes it is simple, judges give self represented a lot of time. Get your paperwork in order and lodge a good affidavit. I got a lady to help me type it all she just opened her business last week she is a final year law student and on the side for experience does help me with typing and sorting it onto the court forms for me. And she helped me research can put her details up if you like

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1 year ago
Definitely don’t agree to self representing people being given a lot of time, more like being treated as wasting their time.

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1 year ago
That’s absolutely incorrect. If you don’t muck around and are organised you are given time. When you get emotional and carry on you aren’t. I’ve been doing this for 22 years. I haven’t seen many not given time. Be organised, have your evidence ready and talk don’t hmm and ahhh and have a valid argument or you’re wasting court time.

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7 months ago
So in other words if you know the legal system or get legal help to represent yourself you will be given time lol

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7 months ago
If you can work it out with out court its a lot cheaper. However if there is family violence or safety issues maybe legal aid can help represent you?

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1 year ago
My ex represented himself as he was rejected by legal aide, he ended up with a pro bono barrister stepping in on the day. Even though he had some kind of free legal service help him prepare the judge was not impressed one bit that he was self representing and was very vocal about it to the point I thought he was going to tell us to come back when he had a barrister. A barrister that was still in the courtroom from the previous sitting offered to step in. It was adjourned for half an hour while they spoke and it went ahead.
The judge told me it was definitely in my best interest as it’s common for the self represented side to later claim they didn’t get a fair trial and have grounds go back to court and I would have to fork out all over again!

It helped me immensely because I was definitely more prepared then him!