Telephone and Email Support

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)

We are able to provide you with a comprehensive telephone/Skype and email support throughout your family law proceedings or for periods you require it for a relatively inexpensive cost. It can be arranged as a small additional cost to a fixed fee we have arranged with you for an upcoming hearing perhaps.

Often matters might arise during family proceedings that you require some well informed and practical thoughts so you can make the best decision in the circumstances and/or respond appropriately to an event however minor.

Our McKenzie Friends can revert relatively quickly and provide you with an experienced view of the situation that will stand you in good stead when dealing with whatever may have come up. The reassurance and guidance from us that you are responding appropriately and by doing so demonstrating you are reasonable and measured will go a long way to persuade the court to look on you favourably.

Too many times parties show themselves in a poor light to the court and its officials by responding to matters that arise in what most people outside of the family court system may seem as common sense but is looked on as unhelpful by those who work in the system.

It can be immensely helpful to know that you are in the midst of what is a maelstrom of emotions for many on separation and divorce responding to issues in a balanced and measured way, supporting your argument why the court should follow your proposals rather than those opposing your aims.

Unfortunately too many people make the mistake of communicating in an unhelpful manner, often within lawyers letters which can be unnecessarily inflammatory and widen the gulf between the parties. No matter how your former partner may behave when communicating with you it is always wise to respond in a reasonable but assertive fashion. A war of words via lawyer letters or simply between the parties will be unlikely to help you persuade the court to favour you moving forward.

Our McKenzie Friends are skilled and practiced in ensuring with their advice you do not make matters worse or show yourself in a poor light to the court, whatever the provocation may be. It can be crucial to demonstrate over time to the court you are measured in your approach, we can help you achieve this.