McKenzie Friend Role

Having been given notice that my ex-partner was applying to the Family Courts to relocate our daughter to Australia, I knew I had a serious, potentially life changing, problem on my hands but I was instantly certain I would be defending myself. Previous experience I had garnered in the courts was nothing short of depressing and had left me eminently reluctant to be legally represented. Aware that various historical incidents provided for a strong defence, I simply did not trust any solicitor to care enough to collate and disclose the wealth of information I had at my disposal in the manner which best suited my case, nor did I have the funds it would have cost me to commission them to do so.

Previous experience had also taught me that attending court is an overwhelming and daunting experience so I was conscious that I needed some form of guidance to see me through to the end. Which is when I found Family Law Decisions and in particular, Jeff Botterill, whom I knew straight away was the person I wanted by my side during the whole process. Jeff is extremely calm and reassuring with a knowledge base that is immediately evident. It also helped to learn that once upon a time he had been in my shoes and could recognise the anguish and anxiety I was feeling.

Jeff Botterill is simply a genius and I’m utterly convinced my life would not be so wonderful now if it were not for him. From the moment he agreed to assist me, I knew I was in great hands and a lot of the tension which inevitably builds up seemed to dissipate there and then. Once we got started, Jeff was great at stripping the emotion away and helping you to focus on what is important and ignoring what is irrelevant, as it is very easy to get caught up in the bitterness and unjust nature of everything. He keeps you thinking straight.
He is also a master at drawing up any court documents that will be required along the way and is exceptional at articulating every point of your defence. I was truly blown away when I saw my initial position statement – It summed up perfectly in 10 or 12 sentences what I had been frustratingly screaming about for years. A work of art.

Long story short, my ex-partner dropped her application completely after the first hearing and I was able to amend the existing contact order we had in place to provide for more time with my daughter at weekends and school holidays. The result is my relationship with my daughter is as good now as it’s ever been and I feel that I have been treated fairly by the courts. This is all thanks to Jeff.

I would recommend Jeff in an instant. He really is a godsend.
– Mr P. (London)

Family Law Decisions McKenzie Friend Service

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Preparation for the family law Court

For the family law Court our experienced and knowledgeable family law McKenzie Friends can provide a succinct Position Statement which will get your view and requirements before the Judge efficiently and appropriately. With our Position Statements, drafted individually for each hearing the family law Court will be made aware of the arguments and why it should favour your proposals.

It is imperative to get your view before the Court in the most efficient manner. A Position Statement which is carefully drafted by a family law specialist McKenzie Friend, whether relatively short or comprehensive in complex cases, is usually helpful in your efforts to convince the Court to go with your options.

There are few times that a well crafted and succinct Position Statement is not necessary so that you achieve the most success you can from your hearing in the circumstances.

In the family law Court

In the family law courts our highly experienced and knowledgeable McKenzie Friends will accompany you into court or attend remote telephone/video hearings and can provide advice on any aspect of the conduct of a case, including:

(i) Points of law

(ii) Issues that their client (litigant in person (LIP)) may wish to raise in court.

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