A Position Statement is a short statement that lets you explain your side of a family situation for a particular court hearing. They can help to get your points across to a judge and the other party in a focused way. You may have been asked to write a Position Statement at a previous court hearing, or you may decide for yourself that it would be a good idea.
How should I lay out my Position Statement?
Your Position Statement should:
- Be on A4 size paper
- Include the case number and the names of the Applicant and Respondent at the top
- Include numbered paragraphs and pages
- Use double line spacing
- End by writing “I believe the facts stated in this statement are true.” Then sign and date the Position Statement at the bottom.
We can send you a Position Statement template which you can complete. If you would like this please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I include in my Position Statement?
Your Position Statement should be quite short – one to two pages should be enough. You should structure it around the headings of “Background”, “Concerns” and “Proposals”. You should summarise the background that is relevant to the type of court hearing. Focus on the facts. If you have particular concerns then you can briefly describe them, for example about whether the other parent can care for your children. You should end by saying what you’d like to happen going forward.
You should focus on what is best for your children throughout your Position Statement. This will be the court’s primary concern and they will refer to the Welfare Checklist to help them focus on specific areas of your child(ren)’s best interests. You can find out more about the Welfare Checklist at https://childlawadvice.org.uk/information-pages/the-welfare-checklist/.
You should make sure that everything that you write in your Position Statement is true.
Where do I send my Position Statement?
Usually you will need to send a copy of your Position Statement to the court, to the other person in the case (or their solicitor if they have one) and to Cafcass if they are involved in the hearing. You can email or post the Position Statement to court and Cafcass and should post it to the other person. Remember to keep a copy for yourself and have a copy with you at your court hearing.
|Sending your Position Statement to Chelmsford Family Court||Sending your Position Statement to Cafcass|
|Address: Chelmsford Family Court, Priory Place, New London Rd, Chelmsford CM2 0PP
|Address: Cafcass Post, PO BOX 5076, Slough
|Email: email@example.com||Email: CEITGeneric@cafcass.gov.uk|
If you are emailing your Position Statement to court then the subject line should read:
Your Case number Document for filing Applicant’s/Respondent’s Statement (insert your case number and indicate whether you are the applicant or the respondent).
Where can I find examples of Position Statement?
You can find examples of Position Statements at various websites, including:
- From Rights of Women at https://rightsofwomen.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Guide-to-position-statement-example.pdf.
- From Families Need Fathers at http://www.eastlondon.fnf.org.uk/image/upload/branch/eastlondon/Advice_on_writing_a_Position_Statement.pdf
- From Child Law Advice at https://childlawadvice.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Position-Statement.pdf
Where to go for further information
If you need help about writing Position Statements or going to the family court you can:
- Contact Suffolk Law Centre (see details below).
This Factsheet is not legal advice
Please remember that this factsheet gives general legal information. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information is correct, this cannot be guaranteed. It is not a substitute for legal advice. You should always seek legal advice for a legal matter.
This Factsheet was updated on 09 September 2021.
How to contact Suffolk Law Centre
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