There are parents who are forced to represent themselves in child custody cases even if they do not have knowledge of family law. The level of increase means that people have to navigate the complex and confusing cases without the assistance of child custody lawyers in Melbourne who are well versed with laws. Lack of legal representation can result to prolonged proceedings that heighten the anxiety for both parents and children.
Matthew (not his real name) had to go to court without legal representation to gain access to his young sons. His former partner was able to receive legal aid because of domestic abuse allegations which later on were proven to be untrue. Matthew was not able to defend himself and he did not know what to do. He cannot afford a lawyer to represent him in court.
Matthew is frustrated because if he robbed a bank he can immediately obtain legal aid. In the United Kingdom, the 2012 Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act abolished legal aid for a range of civil disputes that included private law family cases. The only exception is when an applicant can show hard evidence of domestic abuse.
According to Richard Burgon, Labour’s shadow justice secretary, when people are forced to face life changing situations like the loss of access to children, they must not represent themselves because custody cases are complicated and confusing.
A research made by the Law Society revealed that the poorest in society are often denied access to justice. They are unable to address life changing legal issues like eviction threats and housing disrepair. Lawyers are protesting the cuts in legal aids with the Criminal Bar Association claiming that the entire justice system is in chaos. In order to save money, legal aid work is undermined. This is causing huge injustices for the people involved.
The paramount consideration of child custody lawyers in Melbourne is the child. Children have the right to have their interests protected. They must have a meaningful relationship with parents. Typically, parents have equal responsibilities to share meaning that they have to discuss any major decisions that will affect their child’s life.