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Final hearing, representing self 1 year 9 months ago #96871

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I have a final hearing, and am not going to use a barrister or solicitor. My case is pretty straight forward. No safeguarding issues, and i need to write a state about "weekday visits, holiday visit, and birthday" Since i am representing myself, is there anything else i need to prepare for?

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Final hearing, representing self 1 year 9 months ago #96875

In your case, it's positive that there are no safeguarding issues. It makes things a lot simpler, that is for sure.

Have the court given you any directions other than to submit a written statement?

What are the issues that need resolving between you and your children's mother? Is it just agreeing a schedule of contact?

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Final hearing, representing self 1 year 9 months ago #96901

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Hi 4noah

As the court has listed a final hearing, I'm assuming you and your ex couldn't agree a way forward?

Have you been asked to provide a statement to the court?

If you haven't, you can always take a short up to date position statement with you on the day detailing what it is you would like the court to order.

Depending on the issues, you might like to prepare some cross examination questions for your ex & a very brief verbal closing submission summing up why the court should order what you are asking.

When parties can't agree, the court usually asks each party some questions and then gives both of you a chance to ask questions of the other before hearing your closing words and then retiring to make a decision for the final order.

There will be chance to negotiate at court and this is usually the preferred route of the court.

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Final hearing, representing self 1 year 8 months ago #96967

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The court has asked us both to write a statement on A)Holidays, and holiday length B)Weekday contact whether a visit or overnight C) birthday. Has to be the standard no more than 2 pages ect.

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