Being a Litigant in Person (LiP)
If you are in court proceedings and you don’t have a solicitor acting for you, you are a Litigant in Person (LiP), also called ‘self-representing’.
I work with Litigants in Person (LiP), giving them as much or as little help as they need to get through their court proceedings. I encourage them to do as much of the paperwork as they can themselves in order to save money.
Being a LiP means you stay in control. A solicitor will do everything for you, but sometimes they say and write things people don’t like. Whilst I draft letters and documents, my clients are responsible for all of them and can change anything that doesn’t feel right to them before they send them.
If you don’t have a solicitor I’ll give you the legal information, and help you need to:
- Reply to letters from your ex’s solicitor
- Issue your own divorce petition (application) or
- Reply to a divorce petition you’ve received
- Make, or respond to, court applications about your children
- Understand your options for settling your financial arrangements
- Obtain a financial order
- Complete your Form E
- Fill in court forms and write statements
- Find mediators, financial advisors, solicitors, barristers or McKenzie Friends
- Prepare for mediation meetings or court hearings
- Write position statements for court hearings
I can also help you with:
- Decision making
- Problem solving
- Reducing the impact of the separation on your children
- Working out what is best for your children
- Feeling empowered to do the right thing for your children
- Managing difficult emotions which get in the way of negotiations
- Communicating with your ex
You might also be interested in reading the ‘Legal Structure of Divorce’ a two-minute guide to divorce proceedings.