What’s Legal Coaching?

Legal Coaching is a new concept in family law. It's providing self-reps with the skills and tools to enhance their written and spoken presentations. It helps the person representing them-self to be more effective and persuasive in court, negotiations, or mediation. It's putting a lawyer's experience at your finger-tips.

Julie’s Post: “A Punitive Costs Award Against a SRL – And the Lawyers Who Gloat”

Dr. Julie Macfarlane, Project Director of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, has given us permission to copy here a post she wrote on October 31st, 2016, for the NSRLP blog dealing with a costs award against a family law self-rep. It's well worth reading. She points to how common misperceptions about self-reps by lawyers and judges can cause real harm, and how everyone in the family law system needs to have a better appreciation of the difficulties self-reps face in trying to get matters heard fully and fairly. Thanks for letting us re-post this. JM

How a Stuffed Animal Cost One Man His Custody Case

One of the most interesting Ontario Superior Court of Justice decisions in a while has tipped us off to “the two magic words of custody cases.” One of Ontario’s most respected family law judges goes through a contested custody case, with lots of conflicting facts, and boils it down to 2 simple words of advice. He calls them “the two magic words of custody cases.” You won’t believe how sensible they are.