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The Role of a McKenzie Friend: A Trusted Companion in Family Court

In the complex and often overwhelming world of legal proceedings, having a supportive and knowledgeable ally by your side can make all the difference. This is where a McKenzie Friend steps in. In this blog post, we will explore the role of a McKenzie Friend, their importance in legal matters, and how they can assist individuals who find themselves navigating the intricacies of the legal system without legal representation.

Understanding the McKenzie Friend:

A McKenzie Friend is an individual who offers support and assistance to those representing themselves in court, whether in civil or family law cases. The term "McKenzie Friend" originates from a landmark case in 1970 (McKenzie v McKenzie) where a non-legally qualified friend assisted a litigant in person during divorce proceedings. The role has since evolved, with McKenzie Friends playing a valuable role in providing guidance, emotional support, and practical assistance to individuals during court hearings.


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