From 1 April 2013 you may be unable to obtain Legal Aid and, without funds, find access to a solicitor to assist you resolve a family dispute; for example with regards to parenting time with your children, separation or divorce.
Without Legal Aid, or funds to pay a solicitor, you may well need an alternative way of preparing for a visit to your local court – without any idea of the procedures and legal etiquette you will need to follow. This can be frustrating both for you and the court as well as your former partner or opponent.
However there is an alternative.
The court have for some years allowed people representing themselves (a Litigant in Person) to be assisted by a McKenzie Friend.
A McKenzie friend assists a litigant in person in a court of law in England and Wales. The right to a McKenzie friend was established in the 1970 case of McKenzie v McKenzie.
The court says that McKenzie Friends should be viewed as providing valuable support that improves access to justice in the large majority of cases.