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alexandriabrown @alexthechick
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Important note: This article is about the UK court system, not the US court system. The article is clear on that. The promotional tweets are not (not accusing anyone of misleading but I think there's going to be some assumptions it's about US not UK)
It is impossible to map the UK system to the US system not in the least because the US system is not a national system but rather each state has its own laws and each county/parish has its own local rules. You can't draw direct comparisons.
That being said, I am highly sympathetic to the position that the court system in general, not just in domestic cases, is nigh to incomprehensible to those not in the guild and I am using that term purposefully. Barriers to market entry and all that.
Take the jurisdiction where I am. Fighting over child support? Oh, there's a form with mathematical calculations and see it's just plugging numbers in. But you better know what counts as income and you better know you need to count up the number of overnights per parent has.
And you better know that, no, you can't just hand over your phone to the judge with all the texts though I have seen judges just give up and take the phones. Did you bring the order? Was the person served? Did you docket the matter with the calendar clerk?
Obviously, I have a bias towards people getting lawyers because I like getting paid. But there are people who cannot afford that and the system should not be so complex that filling out a form requires esoteric knowledge.
And I'm not even going to touch the matter of people assuming that courts can make each other act like decent human beings. That's really the underlying issue here. No court order in the world can make people who hate each other act like reasonable parents.
TL;DR I like getting paid but people shouldn't have to pay a law firm to fill out what should be easily comprehensible forms. And no matter how simple you make it, people who hate each other will continue to use kids as pawns in a stupid game of revenge played out in the courts.
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