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Can your partner represent you as Makenzie Friend?

  • Jools64
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14 Feb 10 #185235 by Jools64
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Is it known, in any legal case, on whether a current partner can represent the appeallant as a MaKenzie Friend in a Family Court which deals exclusively with contact issues involving your ex-partner?

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14 Feb 10 #185244 by nbm1708
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To be honest, unless there are exceptional reasons as to why they should, this will probably be seen as un-necessarily antaganistic and therefore disallowed by both the judge and otherside.


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14 Feb 10 #185250 by Tets
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I agree with NBM. A MacKenzie friend doesn't / can't represent you they accompany you to court where they may take notes and quietly advise you. In some circumstances if the judge believes it serves the best interests of justice then a mackenzie friend may address the court.
The other party may object to the mackenzie friend and if they can show that using your Mackenzie friend would be disruptive or hinder the process they are unlikely to be allowed to accompany you. You would be better finding someone not emotionally involved in the proceedings. To my knowledge there are no rules specifically barring a new partner. Only Solicitors / Barristers can represent you in court.

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