McKenzie Friend Role
I met Jeff at my local FNF meeting. I was immediately struck not only by Jeff’s technical expertise but also by the calm, measured and authoritative way in which he gave others help and support.
I didn’t even bother looking for a solicitor, I engaged Jeff as my McKenzie Friend. He helped me file an application to court and draft a position statement. He subsequently helped support me in court.
In court Jeff was a rock-steady mentor, providing pragmatic and clear advice at just the right time. He negotiated with the other side and his clear familiarity with the system filled me with confidence in the waiting before the hearing. Importantly he had the confidence of the judge, who explicitly remarked on Jeff’s CV with obvious admiration.
In the hearing, following a rocky start (the judge thought my suggested residence schedule was too much for a 2 year old...and lots of allegations in mum's position statement - all ignored by Cafcass and the judge) the judge supported an amended schedule Jeff and I proposed; Jeff was then instrumental in hammering out a brief but prescriptive Shared Residence Order by consent.
The mother had applied for sole residence and proposed one Wednesday overnight a fortnight and every other weekend Friday to Sunday 6pm for contact. No holidays, other than alternate Christmas day.
I ended up with an SRO by consent, every Wednesday overnight and every other weekend Friday nursery pick up to Monday nursery drop off. I also got half of all holidays and alternate Christmas and Easter.
I am confident that with Jeff’s help, support and guidance I got the best outcome for my son; the long weekends and holidays in particular will help immensely in his relationship with me, his grandparents and his young cousin. I am sure I wouldn’t have secured such a good outcome for my son without Jeff’s calming influence, help and guidance.
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 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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