When it comes to child arrangements, you can either use a solicitor or represent yourself. Opting for legal representation involves hiring a lawyer, which, although expensive, provides expertise in handling legal aspects and representing the client in court.
Lawyers may attempt to negotiate an agreement outside the court or guide clients through the necessary legal processes. On the other hand, representing yourself may be a better option due to cost considerations or a preference for direct communication with the judge.
While self-representation is an option, it's important to note that individuals can still seek legal advice during the court process. Various resources, such as GOV.UK and Support Through Court, offer guidance for those representing themselves.
Considering the associated costs, rates for lawyers range from £110 to £410 per hour, with variations based on location and experience. It’s important to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before pursuing a court order. The MIAM assesses the suitability of mediation and the potential for reaching agreements outside the courtroom, emphasising the importance of exploring alternatives before resorting to litigation.