unrepresented at court

Hello, my husband and  will be attending court soon to try and get a court order to resume contact with our grandchildren. On our last hearing, a Conflict Resolution Hearing, we were represented by our solicitor and a barrister. My daughter and her partner were not legally represented. What we are asking is if my husband and i also attend the next hearing with no legal represeantation, what would happen? Who would act as a go between for both parties? We are running out of funds and may not be able to pay for another attendance by our solicitor or barrister. Thank you

By and large you are wasting

By and large you are wasting your time and money if you have a barrister at an interim hearing if the other side is not willing to negotiate.

Its a complete myth that lawyers make much difference to the outcome of such cases. Mostly all they can do is relieve a bit of stress as people are uncertain of court process.

Almost certainly the most important person in the case ( assuming the child is too young to express an opinion)is the CAFCASS officer.

Family law is different in many ways from other areas of law - as it focuses on the interests of the child concerned - not the parties to the case. So whilst its most unlikely it is theoretically possible that parties could agree something and a court say that was not in the best interests of the child.

Profile: retired barrister legal adviser with MOJ.

Thank you for your help

Thank you for your help davidr. We now have a date for a final hearing but are awaiting the date for the appointment with a children's Guardian. We are seriously considering not being legally represented at this hearing as we are low on funds and if you suggest it might not even benefit us being represented than that is clearly also a factor for us to consider. The main issue we have is our eldest grandson now has formed negative opinions about us due to his patents having full reign in telling him lies about us. This is obvious in the things he told the first Cafcass officer but no one seees to want to dig deeper and ask him why he has formed these opinions about us. Prior to the family breakdown he was positive about us and wanted to stay at ours all the time. We are going to lose contact with him and his much younger brother because he will say he does not want to see us, all because our daughter and her partner have poisoned him against us. It has been a year since we have seen the children.

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