This book has a timely arrival on the bookshelves, since the withdrawal of legal aid for the vast majority of family law cases more and more people now in a position where they have little option but to represent themselves in family proceedings; the need for good, factual and accessible help has never been more essential.
The book is well set out and covers the main issues that are likely to arise in chronological order of the events people are likely to face, chapter by chapter. Each chapter is neatly broken down into small sections, with clear explanations of the various stages and useful templates for court documents and statements. The style and layout of the book, and each chapter, makes the information much more accessible, and easy to find. The relevant legislation is well referenced through-out, and there is useful signposting to support/information groups and professional organisations. There is a balanced and common-sense approach to all matters; a healthy emphasis on out-of-court resolution and mediation. The closing “do’s and don’ts” with each chapter provide a useful checklist for the reader.
The authors skilfully use clear language through-out the book with no attempt to bedazzle or bamboozle the reader with legal jargon like so many other law books. Although it’s not possible to avoid legal language completely, there is a useful glossary of terms in the back (although I would suggest people use The Family law A to Z for comprehensive explanations)
The book has a very useful chapter on cohabitation and what remedies are available to unmarried couples, an area which is often not expanded upon in any detail in other self-help guides.
An essential and affordable book for anyone facing divorce or separation, and especially those who are self-representing. Also useful for those with legal representation as a better understanding of the proceedings will actually help you save money on legal bills. The information in the book will educate and empower the reader whether they are a litigant in person or represented.