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31 Jul 12 #346281 by madaboutcars
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I am due in Court on 10th August for a 15 min hearing to prevent the ex taking my child to France

Do I need a Mckenzie friend at this stage?

Can anyone recommend one on the south coast, Brighton/Eastbourne/Hastings way ?

Thanks

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31 Jul 12 #346325 by Bobbinalong
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If you are confident you have all the info required and you, more than anyone know what the background is? it may be that you dont need one at this stage.
I guess it will be like a Directions hearing where the judge wants to know what the story is from each side.
I guess you have your ''witness statement'' ready, (if that''s what its called in this case) I would say, try to concentrate on your relationship with your child, their future in the uk, would you have done this had you been together? prob not? how it will make it difficult if not impossible for contact etc.
If the mother is doing it kind of on purpose, there will be little help in contact arrangements I would guess?
hope this helps its only a guessed opinion though after I was lip in a contact order case

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31 Jul 12 #346474 by zonked
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Yes you need a MK.

You need someone with expertise and experience to read through the papers and get familiar with the history of the case.

You also need someone to help prepare a position statement for your hearing.

Even though the first hearing is likely to be straightforward, I think there''s an advance to you in having the MK in attendance. By doing so you are sending a message to the court and ex that you committed and won''t easily be dismissed away. I also think if a judge knows they are under additional scutiny they are more at pains to act fairly. You might also need some feedback on presentation skills; although judging from your posts unlikely.


Fnf remains the best source of experienced MK''s imho.

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31 Jul 12 #346489 by Fiona
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When you can find a MF who is capable and knowledgeable about court procedures it can be helpful. On the other hand MFs aren''t regulated or insured and some have their own axe to grind. A few charge almost as much as a solicitor.

Many MF''s have little or no training and rely on their own experiences in their own case and may lead a LIP into the same mess they created for themselves. Just in the last month the Court of Appeal upheld a refusal to allow a MF who was found to be intimidating towards the mother and that wasn''t the first time something similar has happened. In those circumstances a MF is just a liability and a LIP has a better chance doing their own research and representing themselves, perhaps taking an articulate acquaintance along to the hearing who can help with the paperwork.

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31 Jul 12 #346529 by zonked
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madaboutcars - your best bet is to actually talk to a couple of MK''s and take your own view. You will need to pay for a good one and the top end one''s are not cheap..but they are good. In addition, you should def join families need fathers, its about £50, will give you access to their forums which is a huge leap in the support/advice you could access.

Even if you don''t decide to use a MK at court...having one helping with the prep work, checking through your statments, supplying case law examples, would be invaluable. As nice as this forum is, it is not equipped to provide the advice you need.

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