McKenzie | Andrew Weeden
1 Cam Drive
- Offers free advice
I practice as a McKenzie Friend with a specialism in Family Law and Child Arrangements Cases.
My role is to support separated parents in making fit-for-purpose and suitable arrangements for responsible parent sharing, avoiding Court where possible.
In the event that an amicable plan cannot be brokered privately, I support my Clients through the Application and Court process.
My Clients understand that, by using a McKenzie Friend, they remain Litigants-in-Person subject to my guidance.
As a McKenzie, I can assist you with form filling, Position Statements, Statements and Directions, Court Bundles and case management. I can attend Court with you and offer you advice and suggestions during hearings, while taking notes and observations for you.
Sometimes, if a Judge permits me to do so, I can address the Court on your behalf. It must be understood, however, that this is entirely at the Judge’s discretion — so as a matter of course, my Clients will expect to present their cases themselves.
All too often, separated parents find themselves stuck in the sadness of their circumstances and their histories and lose sight that the primary focus of the Family Court is the needs of the child(ren).
What is done, is done: It is important that separated parents can draw a line and detach any historic grievances and issues from the far more important now and future.
To assist you, I help and support my Clients to be focused on the welfare and best interests of the child(ren) when dealing with the Court and with Cafcass — preparing you for the Safeguarding and Section 7 reporting processes, as well as Court days.
I believe in managing expectations. One should never presume to know how a Court will decide what is in the best interests of the Children. It is imperative that Clients are able to understand that a Child Arrangements Order is a process, not just a hearing.