The issue of access to justice for individuals involved in family law disputes has received growing attention in recent years both nationally and internationally. A related issue concerns the rise in the number of self-represented individuals involved in family courts proceedings,1 and a concern that these litigants may not be receiving the type of legal services and advice they need, potentially affecting the outcome of their cases. Although self-representation may be a viable option for some individuals engaged in relatively straightforward, low-conflict matters, cases involving disputes about the care of children, relocation, allegations of domestic violence or matrimonial property are difficult to manage without the assistance of legal counsel. Some governments and agencies have attempted to address this problem by increasing the availability of information and the variety of services designed to assist self-represented individuals
SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANTS IN FAMILY LAW DISPUTES: CONTRASTING THE VIEWS OF ALBERTA FAMILY LAW LAWYERS AND JUDGES OF THE ALBERTA COURT OF QUEEN’S BENCH: CANADA
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