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Position statement for family court
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PrettyPlatapus · 27/06/2022 15:42

When going back to court to make amendments to an existing order, how much detail do you put in your position statement?

Only allowed four pages of certain font size and spacing.

Do you:
A) just put your claims (with references numbers to evidence which can be asked for if necessary)

I.e The other person is this (1) and that (2) and has shown to be the other (3). Therefore I want to change this...

B) put in detail and timelines

Ie On this date when this was supposed to happen (1) this in fact happened (2) and they acted in this way and that way (3) and this was said "blah blah" which is bad because....

There have been many issues so alot to say.....

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Collaborate · 27/06/2022 16:54

There really isn't enough information to be able to help. You'd be better off booking a fixed fee appointment with a local solicitor.

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Stropalotopus83 · 27/06/2022 16:56

Collaborate · 27/06/2022 16:54

There really isn't enough information to be able to help. You'd be better off booking a fixed fee appointment with a local solicitor.

Agree with this. The only other thing I can suggest is do it in draft first. Type it out with everything you would like to put in and see how long that is. Then you'll know how much you need to cut and you'll hopefully then be able to focus on what absolutely must be included versus what can be left out.

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BeNice01 · 27/06/2022 19:50

What hearing is it? FHDRA, DRA or final?

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JustAnotherLawyer2 · 27/06/2022 20:45

A position statement is just that - the position you are taking on the application before the court. It doesn't need to be long or detailed.

What you've described looks like you want to use the PS as a witness statement.

Check the order to see what type of statement you have been ordered to submit, and then write it accordingly.

What some people don't realise in family court is that brevity often leads to clarity because the writer has had to concentrate on the things they think are most important and relevant, which means the judge doesn't have to sift through dozens of pages of 'he said she said' type info.

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PrettyPlatapus · 27/06/2022 23:17

Thank you for the reply

@JustAnotherLawyer2

Says witness statement in the final 'oath' sentence it says must be used at the end. So they want a 'he said she said' scenario? I think brevity is a key word here though. Would you agree?

Would referencing the accusations be worth it? It's to be able to easily pull evidence if needed. Much like you would reference a quote in an essay.


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It's not obvious from the letter which. First line mentions a triage directions hearing...

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