Family Law Support And Advice Mckenzie Friend Help In Court 

Child contact problems don't need to be expensive, do you need a low cost solution

Are you being denied contact with your children or is the other parent taking you to court ? 

Do you need some free advice today with any family court problem ? 

  • 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                                                                    


Welcome to McKenzie friend family court support 

Advisor Chris Coutanche 

I can provide a full range of professional low cost support services to assist you in the area of family law. i recognise the difficulties families face in dealing with and resolving family law cases without having access to solicitors because of the costs involved

It is always preferable for parents to agree arrangements for their children between them, sometimes this is not always straight forward and the assistance of an experienced McKenzie friend can be invaluable.

I will be able to assist you whether you simply require some initial advice to discuss your concerns and how they might be best addressed, or where the urgent intervention of the court may be required.

Unlike some family court services and McKenzie friends i have asssited with some of the most complex cases in the family courts including public law and removal from jurisdiction issues in The High Court London

My recent commendation from a Judge in the Supreme Court in London confers the level of expert knowledge you will have access to with my support. My credentials and reputation has been exemplary and consistent over 20 years in the family courts support work

How to keep control of your costs ?

Help is available with individual pieces of advice on how to take a certain step in proceedings without the risk of missing something important , this will help you manage the overall process which in turn reduces the cost significantly comparable to other services 

Background experience  

working with legal professionals from private practices and local authorities to provide expert support services in child and family law cases

With  exceptional  legal experience and commitment to over 3000 cases over the years helping parents who need to conduct matters with my suppport 

Please call the number above or alternatively please use our contact box below and i will contact you later today to discuss how i can help you

How i can help you with your case 


Perhaps you are in a dispute over welfare issues or how much time your child should spend with each parent?

Whether it is a divorce, seperation, problems involving an ex-partner or gaining access to your children finding the answers to these situations and what your legal rights are can be tricky, to help you understand what your rights are, i will need to discuss the issues first, i suggest you send me a brief email and outline the problems, or you can contact me direct

I then can advise you on the various applications that can be made through the family law courts, and help you with the procedure and assist you in court 

  • Providing Legal guidance from experience    
  • Helping Litigants In Person In Public And Private Law Matters In Court
  • Trained And Experienced In The Preparation Of Family Court Documents
  • In Unusual Cases, Right Of Audience Has Been Granted [see McKenzie Friend Guidance]
  • Expert Support With Testing Evidence, Your Questions, Final Hearings And Finding Of Fact


Recent changes in making your application to court, and how i may make a difference

You must consider mediation in most cases before going to court.

Mediation is not suitable in all cases, and the best option will depend on individual circumstances. We should also remember that for some couples court is the right option, including when there is domestic abuse, intimidation or an imbalance of financial power

What if mediation fails

My support is unique in resolving matters before you consider making any applications to the courts,  this has proven to work in cases where mediation has broken down                                 

Chris Coutanche Mckenzie friend with a commendation from a Supreme Court Judge in London

One of my most recent successful cases was in the Supreme Court in London, this related to a parental alienation case and was made public for the press to report on

The judge in this case commented in the appendix notes about my role and support and gave a commendation for my work and specifically on my conduct, preparation and presentation of the case

I can help parents and grandparents in family court 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


Cost- effective decisions to help you reduce your costs, without compromising 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 low cost service, has been adopted by the mckenzie friends family court support, with consideration to constructive, and cost-effective ways to help you with matters before going to court, and also in court.                                                                                                                                       


Testimonial from both parents matter families need fathers  

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 1900 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.



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.




More about my work and experience in family law cases

I have assisted parents and grandparents in private law proceedings for many years, 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.


More on 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 the family courts, including my own experience to fight for my daughters right to have both parents in her life.  

Finding of fact hearings

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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For a free consultation to discuss your case please call

Chris Coutanche by email and i will contact you later today 

Please send some background information prior to calling.

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Or use the contact box below for free advice today, please also leave your telephone number.



I provide assistance and experience as opposed to legal advice and therefore we will not be responsible for any adverse decisions in your case resulting from my support or documents that i have helped you prepare or guidance given to you. If you require advice as to the legal merits of your application or on what to say in statements and or applications, you should consult a solicitor, one that is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation 


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