The impact of Litigants in Person in Divorce and Separation matters

Martin Astle, Head of Astle Paterson’s Family Department comments on the recent report that “almost half of those seen by magistrates in private family courts are litigants in person, and that nearly two thirds of magistrates think this has a negative impact on the court’s work.”

As reported in the Solicitors Journal, Jane Robey, chief executive of National Family Mediation (NFM) recently said that “The overwhelming majority of couples who have decided to separate believe their only option is to head straight to court … The public are also confused, lacking understanding and awareness of the processes involved when seeking to resolve a divorce or separation.”

Jane Robey concluded that “Most callers [to the NFM helpline] are confused and do not know what to do first, or where to turn,”

Martin Astle noted that “at Astle Paterson our Family Department has lawyers with a wealth of experience in how to best approach the issue of divorce, the financial matters on divorce and any issues concerning your children on your separation from your partner.  We talk in clear English and in a conciliatory tone throughout the divorce process itself to ensure that you (and, if any, your children) obtain the best result in the most efficient and amicable way possible.

To assist with matters, at Astle Paterson (Solicitors in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire) we provide an initial interview for divorce and separation matters at a fixed cost of £50.00 + V.A.T.”

Please contact either Martin Astle on 01283 531366 or by way of email at to discuss matters further.

Please click the link to read the Solicitor’s Journal article “Litigants in person are causing courtroom dramas”

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