People who are lawyer represented or self-represented in the family court can request a support person to accompany them during any court event. FDSS can connect you with Court Support Volunteers in your community.
Court support persons are familiar with the court processes. However, their duties are limited to provide you with emotional & moral support during any court events or any relevant meetings like round table meetings, mediation or any other event. Please complete the form below and we will look if any volunteers are available in your area.
Our coaches and senior McKenzie friends will keep in touch with your support person for any advice or help that you may need.
Frequently asked questions
Are Court support persons trained to deal with mental health issues ?
Support persons are just ordinary people just like you with lived experience. Some of them have been through the same process and had many struggles in their life, with successes and failures and most importantly, they have learnt from them. Usually having someone there to talk to can make a huge difference. Our support persons can help
Are supports persons qualified ?
Not all our support persons are qualified, the majority of them have lived experience dealing with what you are going through. Some of them might have had experience working in similar field or have done any courses in social work or community support work.
Can you provide female or male support persons?
Once you complete the form, we will forward your details to the support persons in your area or close to your area and we will try to accommodate your request.
How could the support person communicate with me ?
Support persons usually communicate with our clients over the phone, online chat, video call or in person. Your support person will choose the most convenient way of communications depending on their availability and location.
What areas do you cover in New Zealand ?
We offer services nationwide and depends on the type of services you require.
Do the support persons have experience dealing with the family court ?
Supports are usually there for you to support you morally and emotionally and some might have experience with the family court processes. If you require any information about the family court, you can discuss it with your support person and we will answer their enquiry.
WE HERE TO HELP !
Everyone needs help and support, regardless ! We are not here to judge on people based on their past weaknesses, mistakes and failures.