This article reports on four interrelated studies on self-representation by family litigants: a study of family litigants in Ontario; a survey of perceptions of lawyers in Ontario and Alberta; and a study of Canadian judges. There has clearly been an increase in self-representation in family cases. Lack of financial resources is the most significant reason for selirepresentation, but a significant number of the selirepresented do not believe that they will have worse outcomes without a lawyer. Lawyers and judges report significant concerns about lack of representation, including fewer settlements and a slower process, with corresponding increased expenses for a represented party.
|Title of host publication||Marital Rights|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Library of Essays on Family Rights|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||29|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2017|