What are the main things to know before going to court if I decide to represent myself?

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When you decide to represent yourself you are what the legal profession calls a lay litigant.

In order to do represent yourself, you will need to have a clear statement of financial circumstances to give to the Judge – this should include details of all your assets, liabilities, debts and income. It is important that this statement also outlines all financial outgoings for the year.

It is vital when presenting your case you give an overview of your circumstances and what you want from the court, e.g. what kind of custody and access you are seeking in relation the children of the involved?

You will have to clearly set out what orders/relief you seek from the court, so it is important to be familiar with the types of order that are likely to be relevant to your case.

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