Begin your statement for the court as follows:- (But miss out anything that is not true or anything that just does not apply in your particular case.)
1:-I have never neglected or abused my baby/child/children.
2:-I have no criminal record (Most crimes are wiped clean from police records after periods varying from 6 months to 10 years depending on the crime), and I have never been charged with a serious crime.
3:-I have no problems with alcohol.
4:-Ihave no problems with drugs.
5:-I have no mental problems or learning difficulties.
6:-I have never been involved in incidents of domestic violence.
My husband/wife/partner has a similar record. My child/children have always been happy, well dressed, clean and have a good attendance record at their schools.
Their accommodation is very suitable and has always been kept clean and tidy. My baby/child/children has/have been cruelly abused by the removal from my loving care.
IF AND ONLY IF you have been accused of unreasonable hostility towards social workers, an inability to work with professionals, and as a consequence suffering from personality disorder or in need of anger management courses add the following response! Do NOT use the following 3 paragraphs unless you have been accused of non-cooperation or mental problems!
I am and always have been 100% willing to work with professionals performing their statutory duty of trying to reunite families and my family in particular. It is however quite unreasonable to expect me to “work with” persons whose avowed intent is and always has been to take my baby/child and give him/her away for adoption by complete strangers.
Extract from “The Times” April 13th 2010!
“Lord Justice Wall (The Senior family court judge) said that
the determination of some social workers to place children in an “unsatisfactory care system” away from their families was “quite shocking”.
In a separate case on which Sir Nicholas Wall also sat, Lord Justice Aikens described the actions of social workers in Devon as
“more like Stalin’s Russia or Mao’s China than the West of England” !
MPs from all parties signed a motion deploring the taking of children by social services in order to meet adoption targets that still function today via Ofsted PAF C23.
More than 200 MPs of all parties signed another motion calling for an end to the secrecy of the family courts which still exists even now, due to restrictions on what the press can report.
Journalists on the Times, The Telegraph and the Daily Mail plus also highly respected presenters on the BBC and ITV have publicly reached similar conclusions.
Please therefore do not accuse me of paranoia, of having a personality disorder, or of needing “anger management courses”, just because like these distinguished professionals I too distrust social workers, and feel very angry with a family court system that has not only abused and split up a family it had a duty to protect and unite, but also and worse has cruelly deprived my baby/child/children/ of a loving mother/father/ parents.
I wish to appeal (or ask leave to appeal) against the recent decision to make my child(ren) subject to an interim care order/full care order/placement for adoption. I am prevented from doing so because the court/my solicitors refuse to give me a copy of the judgement /my file and my appeal cannot be accepted without proper documentation.
The above is an example of how most statements for the family court should begin.
USE A “SPELLCHECK” IF POSSIBLE BEFORE FILING YOUR STATEMENT. REMEMBER always your object is WIN your case not to score points or expose corruption!
Your job is to do what it takes and say whatever it takes to WIN!! No lies in court of course, but do not volunteer information unless asked directly and even then just reply “yes”,”no” “I don’t know” or I don’t remember”.
Think only of winning, winning, winning and forget getting your own back; proving you were right all alone, etc. Just WIN your case and get your children back!
Remember your statement must be what you have seen with your own eyes or heard with your own ears and not what you think or what other people have told you! The same goes for any witnesses you are allowed to call. Back up your statement with relevant quotes from the Children Acts, and Human Rights Acts. YOU WILL FIND PLENTY THAT ARE SUITABLE QUOTES IN THE TEXTS THAT FOLLOW.
Remember when appealing, that it is the previous judgement you must criticise point by point It is no use just rehashing the evidence unless court procedure was clearly not just unfair but illegal! If on the other hand a care order has been in force at least 6 months, you can ask for it to be discharged due to changed and improved circumstances. This is usually an easier process to initiate than an appeal. Follow this up after you have considered all the infomation found in this section; you can then finally outline your case in your personal statement. (Preferably after you have finished reading ALL the following hints and steps to take.)
Your task is to prove that the children should be with you,that they will be healthy and happy with you,and that they are being abused by their separation from you. Do not waste time and energy attacking individual social workers or solicitors as no matter how bad you make them look it will NOT help prove that YOU are the right person to have care of the children!
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Brad Meyer, Director of Help4LiPs, a community interest company referenced by the Civil Justice Council in their November “Report on Access to Justice for Litigants in Person or Self Represented Litigants”.
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