I just wanted to post about the
Personal Support Unit
, a service provided in a number of locations to assist those without legal representation.
I found out about the PSU when researching McKenzie Friends on Wikivorce. Fortunately they provide a support service at my court in Manchester - but they have recently expanded their service areas so they now have teams in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff & Birmingham.
I went to visit the team today. As they explained to me, they cannot provide legal advice
nor speak to the Judge on my behalf. What they can do is provide two things I need as a LIP - moral support, so that I am not at the court on my own to face the STBX and his legal team; and a plain English translation of the court proceedings, both at the time and afterwards.
I''ve made arrangements for them to assist me at my First Appointment in December. I''ll keep this thread updated with my experiences of their service as the case progresses.