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To all solicitors
That has to be the first time I have heard someone who appears to know the law state that the CAFCASS service isn't fit for purpose.
The people who have to put up with CAFCASS have known for years that it isn't fit for purpose but the solicitors have been complicit in not stopping the total incompetence of CAFCASS officers in the 21st Century.
I can talk with experience as I am a Father who put up with incompetent CAFCASS officers. Having watched Solicitors totally screw up my case even though I had gained shared parenting through mediation.
The system has fallen apart due to Solicitors taking too much in fees and CAFCASS being an inept and flawed organisation.
Peoples lives have been destroyed due to those two institutions. I would rather pay a Barrister for 1 day in court rather than a solicitor who is only interested in money and a CAFCASS officer who is only interested in an easy life.
Children's lives are far too important and the system has to change to deal with things before court.
Mediation should be run by mediators not solicitors who want to be mediators, psychologists should be involved to understand the parents and help the children, counsellors should be involved to help the parents cope with separation.
Non of this has ever been mentioned by Legal people because they are only interested in how much money they will lose.
CAFCASS should have been shut down years ago but solicitors didn't say a word so I blame them above the idiots running CAFCASS. That is because solicitors have the ears of judges and if judges knew the truth about CAFCASS they would never let them into court due to incompetence.
I assist the court as a Mackenzie friend, I will put the paperwork together so the Judge gets the understanding of the case of the In person and do it on the details given to me by the In person and I will hold their hand when at court.
Unlike other Mackenzie friends I won't act as a substitute solicitor but I will guide them to the point of my knowledge at which point I will pass them to a Barrister rather than a solicitor.
My main aim is to stop them going to court and arrange mediation away from the legal involvement when possible so as to give the parents a feeling that they can move on.
Solicitors destroyed the system because they grew too greedy. The gravy train was derailed because they gave the Tories the ability to say it cost too much.
Blame yourselves all of you.
You failed the public, yourselves, the courts and most important of all the innocent children who suffer because the adults in their world don't have anyone to stop them using the kids as pawns or go on to abuse them.
Your system is about to implode either fix the things that are broken or you will never be in it again because a new one will not need you.