Skeleton Arguement

Posted on Sunday, 30th Aug, 2015 at 06:39:57 PM
A skeleton argument is a document produced for court to present the basics of your argument before court proceedings begin. As this is the first chance for the judge to consider your case, it is important to ensure it is a well written document setting you up with the best possible chance of future success.

Your skeleton argument is not a replacement for oral argument, and instead will form the backbone of your stance and reasons for requesting a specific outcome from court proceedings. A good skeleton argument will inform, educate and persuade the court to agree with your way of thinking.


What should a skeleton argument contain?
Your skeleton argument should outline your situation and wishes in a concise, measured and factual way. It should open with a synopsis allowing the reader to ascertain why you are in court, what your position is and what specific outcome you are seeking.

You should also briefly explain your background, detailing your situation in a factual way (such as when your separation happened and any other notable events), the points that you and your ex partner agree and disagree on, and what you want from the court.

A skeleton argument should be used to enhance the impact of your argument, showing good judgement with the use of relevant information to back up your case. You should outline your argument and refer to facts that will confirm your logic for example, if you wish to have a greater amount of contact with your children, you may reference sections of your Cafcass report. You may also use relevant case law to back up your argument using previous recent cases similar to your own to support your logic.

A skeleton argument should also follow certain formatting guidelines for ease of use in court, including specific paragraphs and page numbering, for example.

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