Whilst litigants may find some of the information on this blog useful it is of course not the same as advice tailored to your individual circumstances – and you should not treat anything on this blog as legal advice. People often post comments on the blog asking for advice about their own family case, which I am unable to give via this website, because barristers have historically only been able to offer advice when instructed by a solicitor.

Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 23.31.44If you are looking for a barrister or would like to instruct me please take a look at my website lucyreed.co.uk which gives you more information about instructing barristers and how you can go about it.

If you are a Litigant in Person (someone dealing with a court case without a lawyer), or if you are considering going to the Family Court you might find my book “Family Courts without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person” (Bath Publishing 2011) helpful.¬†
Family Courts without a Lawyer - A Handbook for Litigants in Person
The book explains how the courts work, and sets out the law and practical guidance in relation to cases about children, divorces and what happens about money and property when couples separate.

You can buy a copy of the book here.


You can buy the kindle version on Amazon (if you download the kindle app you will be able to read it on your computer, iphone or ipad even if you don’t have a kindle). You can click through on the link below to get straight to the kindle version.


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10 thoughts on “Need Advice?

  1. Please give me the link to your book,so i can read it online,Thankyou

  2. the father has reasonable contact of my child, i have a residence order the father is not sticking to the days agreed i am also getting verbal abuse when he does want him and we have plans because he has not let me know in advance if he is having him or not, he thinks he can just ring on the day and this is not helping me and my son it is distressing my boy what can i do, can i stop the contact any info would be great can u email me back

    • Hi Kelly,

      I don’t give advice through this website. However, in general terms f there is an order in place which says when a child should have contact with his/ her dad and the resident parent doesn’t want to stick to it they will need to ask the court to vary it. I don’t know if this applies in your case.

      I do accept instructions directly where a case is suitable for public access (see http://www.lucyreed.co.uk). I have also written a book about Family Courts which you can buy at http://www.nofamilylawyer.co.uk. If you take a look on the No Family Lawyer website you will find links to a range of useful resources that may give you some answers to your question. Alternatively you may want to go and see a solicitor – but unless there is domestic violence or a serious child protection issue you probably won’t get legal aid. You may qualify for legal aid for mediation, which might be a way of avoiding going to court.

  3. i have an issue. I recently discovered that my wife of 5 (five years) is pregnant for a close family friend and because of the shame she relocated from where we live in Liverpool to Scotland while i was out of town with our 2 (two) kids and i have not been able to see them also because i do no know where she lives. I have been advised to go to court for a contact order and i would like to know whether i can get judgement from Manchester (england) or i must have to do it in scotland. I need your advice desperately

    • I’m sorry but I can’t give advice via the blog. I would suggest that you take some urgent legal advice and take it from there, even if you have to act in person at court.

  4. i was looking at the transparency project website. on the resources page the link to bailii appears to be wrong. baillii.org will take you to the proper site, the link at the transparency project will try to sell you a domain name. telling you because i couldn’t see how to tell them. please pass it on.

  5. hello can I have some advice please

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