Help And Advice In All Family Law Matters

Affordable Family Law Support, For Parents Unable To Afford Solicitors Fees

Professional McKenzie Friend Help In Court, Specialist In Difficult High Conflict Child Contact And Domestic Violence Cases, When Years Of Experience Of Family Law Is Needed

  • Free Initial Advice On How To Approach Your Case
  • Providing An Expedient Way To Solve Your Problem
  • 10 Years Court Support Work In Private Law And 20 Years In Public Law
  • With Over 1700 Successful Cases
  • With Supporting Credentials In All Courts Including The Supreme Court London   

Are You Having Problems With Child Contact Or Family Financial Matters And Need Support Today ?

  Please use the email box below and i will contact you within 4 hours, at your Convenience

Support for parents and grandparents, providing a high quality service in family law disputes

  • I will give you honest views on how to approach matters to save you time and a substantive amount of money
  • You can benefit from my years of experience and extensive resources to ensure you get the outcome you deserve.
  • Are you thinking of going to court soon ?
  • Do you need someone with you in court who is experienced in family law ?
  • Or do you need pre court support with your case

I appreciate that children’s proceedings represent a difficult time in your life and I aim to provide as much assistance and advice as I can to make the process as painless as possible. It is inevitable that you will experience stress and a full range of emotions during this trying period, my experience and know-how will ensure that your matters are dealt with expediently in all family court matters.

The principles of a non-confrontational approach, has been adopted by the mckenzie friends family court support, with consideration to constructive, and cost-effective ways to meet in an agreement witthout going to court.                                                                                                                                        

Testimonial from Both parents matter

McKenzie friend Chris Coutanche is an expert in assisting in children and financial cases relating to divorce and separation, and has supported Parents and Grandparents in over 1600 hearings in family matters since 2004.  Chris is one of the most experienced McKenzie Friends in the UK, and has 30 years of background knowledge in children's matters and public law cases.  He is well known and well respected as a McKenzie Friend in the Family Law Courts, having a broad experience from Magistrate’s Courts through to the High Court and the Court of Appeal.  Using this experience, you can trust Chris to guide you through the court process, assist with court documentation, statements, and support you during court appearances.  In contact disputes Chris’ focus is firmly on the importance of both sides of the family having a proper input into the child’s upbringing, and he has a long history of successful outcomes in this regard.

How i can help you with all family law applications to court 

  • Matters relating to contact and residence  
  • Grandparents' applications 
  • Enforcement of court orders 
  • Specific issues and prohibited steps orders 
  • Removal from jurisdiction & Hague Convention cases 
  • Non molestation and occupation orders
  • Financial Disputes
  • Public law cases & child adoption                                



Costs, disputes over child contact and residence matters can be costly when using solicitors

I provide a McKenzie Friend service, supporting parents in court to achieve a satisfactory outcome at a very low cost.

Are your being denied" contact with your children?

Perhaps you are in a dispute over child welfare issues?

Do you need advice on how to prepare your case?  I can assist you with every aspect of understanding court documents and procedures.

My experience in court can make the difference when decisions are made about your children

One of my most recent successful cases in the High Court related to parental alienation; the judge in this case commented positively and specifically on my conduct, preparation and presentation.  With my assistance you can have the assurance and support of an experienced McKenzie friend, dedicated to helping you resolve matters rapidly.

Financial Arrangements

Specialist Assistance In Financial Matters After Separation Or Divorce.

There is often no simple answer to the division of matrimonial assets and negotiation and the court process must have regard to the law and in particular will have regard to Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, which lays down the rules on how the courts shall deal with property and financial issues.

Financial Arrangements For Children And Schedule 1 Of The Children Act 1989

In cases where the court may retain jurisdiction to deal with child maintenance issues, for example in cases of high income parents, or to meet the costs of education or disability. The CSA will only have a role in cases where the children are under 16 (subject to an adjustment period of a few months after they leave school) or under 19 if they are still in education. The courts have power to make orders for the support of children who are aged 19 or above but still in education or suffering from a disability.

Lump sum orders to benefit children or young adults who are still in education or where other special circumstances apply, this provision can be useful where parents have not been married and therefore the divorce law cannot be used to ensure proper housing for children while they are still dependent.



Chris Coutanche McKenzie Friend Lay support

Helping you maintain a relationship with your children - supporting parents and grandparents. 


About my work and experience in family law cases

I have assisted parents and grandparents in private law proceedings since 2004 in private law cases, providing you with the knowledge and guidance to achieve your objectives, I can support you through every aspect of the process.  With proven supportive strategies, coupled with the assurance of a host of satisfied parents that I have helped in that time.

I am an established McKenzie friend with a wealth of supportive references from established professional organisations and charities.

Negotiations prior to a hearing are of paramount importance in proceedings; barristers will usually support knowledgeable McKenzie Friends being involved, this will be advantageous to your case and can help to resolve matters smoothly as it can make these negotiations less confrontational.


Helping you as a litigant in person


I will consider most cases provided that your requests are in the best interest of your children, helping you to reach an agreement and if possible avoiding the court room altogether.

As your McKenzie Friend, prior to going to court, I will endeavour to discuss all of the options and possibilities available to you. 

I can advise you on the specific paperwork required, and on the possible strategies that may be needed during the court hearing. 

Being a Litigant in Person can be daunting and nerve wracking - I can help you in court to navigate through the complex matters and difficulties you may encounter, and to give you the confidence that will enable you to represent yourself without costly solicitors.


Why choose my service

I have extensive knowledge and experience of the family law system, and have established my reputation as a McKenzie Friend with court professionals over many years.  I have experienced some of the most complex cases relating to children and residence disputes ever in family courts, including my experience with my own case. 

I have assisted in many cases where the court has requested a finding of fact hearing, this requires substantial experience when supporting a parent who is a Litigant in Person.

I have developed strategies to help each individual case, with solutions that have been proven to work.

Cafcass and other experts

I can also advise you on all expert reports and recommendations from Cafcass and other professionals.

I will help you to successfully manage your dealings with authorities such as schools, social services, and the police.

I offer telephone and email support until 9pm most days

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Chris Coutanche on 07878 896044 or send a email and i will contact you later today 

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