Assessment and Advice Session

Almost a year ago contact broke down between myself and my ex partner. As a result of this I lost regular and agreeable contact with my now 3yr old son. Although I didn’t want to have to go through the legal channels, after about 3 months this appeared inevitable.

Although I had an idea of what I had to do next with regard to starting legal proceedings I knew I needed help. I visited my local Families Need Fathers meeting and met Mr Colin Brealey who chairs the monthly meetings.

Right from the start I found Colin to be helpful, professional and above all – totally child focussed. Colin advised and continues to advise me, along with many others within the Families Need Fathers meetings. Seeing Colin’s professionalism, I decided to accept his offer of assistance to help me through the legal process as a Mckenzie Friend. - This has got to be one of the best decisions I have ever made!
Colin advised me throughout the whole process – which in my opinion was much better than any solicitor I have ever had to deal with previously.

As I have already explained, Colin is totally child focussed and therefore deals with any issue in an unbiased and morally proper way rather than one of financial benefit to himself. That is evident when my costs for everything came to approximately 10% of a similar case I was involved with almost a decade earlier.

In short, I would have no hesitation whatsoever in strongly recommending Mr Colin Brealey to represent anyone who required a professional service for any matters involving children & family.
– Mr M. (Staffordshire)

We offer assessment and advice sessions where more specific information and support can be provided on a one to one basis with a highly experienced and knowledgeable McKenzie Friend.

These can be arranged as a face to face meeting or by telephone/Skype as required by you. We find that one or two hours is enough time generally for our McKenzie Friends to look in more detail at your case and provide the information you may require to take matters forward in as successful a way as possible.

Important relevant documents can be read at or before (if copies provided) these assessment and advice sessions so that well informed information can be provided to you on what the best options may be in the circumstances. How we can help you turn around a possible poor situation or ensure you do not make mistakes that will slow or ultimately scupper your aims.

These assessment and advice sessions with our highly experienced McKenzie Friends are frequently seen by our clients as essential to them in formulating tactics and an overall strategy to obtain the best possible results for them and their children.

At times options being pursued or being considered to take forward by a client may after an assessment and advice session be understood to be counter-productive to the overall strategy and may need to re-adjusted to ensure the ultimate aims stand the best chance of being achieved. It is only when sitting down and talking matters through carefully and with an knowledgeable and skilled McKenzie Friend that damaging or unhelpful tactics being presently used are brought to light and can then be rectified to ensure the client's case is far more likely to be successful.

The feedback we receive from those who have had an assessment and advice session with our McKenzie Friends is extremely positive and they generally provide crucial information to those considering or who are already involved in the family law processes.