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will my solicitor represent me in court?

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13 Jul 12 #343050 by anny
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Hello,
My husband has served me with court paper for a residence and prohibited steps order on the end of may and we gota court date on the middle of august, now I got a solicitor who applied for contact and residence order to legal aid now they granted me partial legal aid for contact order as they said they wanted more details for the residence order I though about appealing it myself but my Solicitor said she''ll do it but she hasnt now the deadline is gone, she also told me to wait to reply to the court papers even though it said to reply in 14 days, Im worried as I dont know how this works, she finally can do some work with the contact orderr legal aid now but with this funding can she aldo represent me in court? Or will I have to represent myself? If legal dont fund the residence order then cant she help me fill the forms for the court??? , is a very complex case lots of details I miss my daugthter n things seem to be taking so long, now my solicitor is on holidays so I cant even ask her :((

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14 Jul 12 #343069 by jonathancj
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If for some reason your solicitor can''t come to Court with you, don''t worry too much. Loads of members of this site have gone to Court without a lawyer and have managed just fine. In children cases I often find that lawyers just clutter the place up. Their biggest value is actually outside Court, persuading their own clients to be reasonable. In Court, that job falls to the judge instead. The judge will take charge and help you through the hearing.

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16 Jul 12 #343535 by jumpingthroughhoops
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In my experience representing yourself in court has no downsides. You know your kids and situation better than any solicitor, and that''s all the court is about, best interests of your children.

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