For clients

At FLANC we know that court proceedings, dispute resolution and family law issues can feel confusing and overwhelming. On this page you will find guidance and resources for neurodivergent people accessing the family justice system.  

Here are our top tips:

If you know you are neurodivergent, or think you might be neurodivergent, tell the professionals involved in your case at the earliest opportunity so that they can work with you in the right way.

Try making a list of the challenges you experience (or think you might experience) at court; during dispute resolution; when having conversations about your case or in any other way that is linked to your case. You can keep updating and changing this list and if you feel able to share your list or parts of it, it can be a useful tool to identify adjustments that can be made to help you to participate. Some examples of things that might be on a list are:

  • A loudly ticking clock in the court room which is distracting.
  • People using metaphors or phrases that you take literally.
  • Finding it harder to read documents when they are in black and white.
  • Needing to be able to move around or use your hands to concentrate on what is being said.
  • Needing more time to prepare and consider documents, talk to your lawyer or understand what is happening in court.
  • Needing a quiet space away from other people so that you can have conversations with your lawyer.

If you are looking for a lawyer to represent you or advise you about your family law issue, contact one of our specialist solicitors who may be able to help you or refer you to another lawyer or organisation.

If you have any support services working with you already, let them know about what is going on in case they can offer you some additional support.

If the case involves your child, and you think or know that your child is neurodivergent, tell professionals involved in your case at the earliest opportunity so that they can work with your child in the right way. Also try making a list of your child’s communication style, needs (including any sensory needs), and any challenges you think they might face when working with professionals. This list can be used to help professionals work with your child in the best way possible.