Areas Of Legal Aid Funding
There have been some major changes to Legal Aid since 1st April 2013. The Legal Services Commission has traditionally provided Legal Aid assistance to those who have been financially eligible to cover all aspects of family law.
However, since 1st April 2013 Legal Aid has been limited to ONLY those cases involving issues of child protection or where an individual is able to produce evidence of domestic abuse within the relationship.
Examples where funding is available are:
- Public family law regarding protection of children (care proceedings)
- Private family law (divorce) where there is evidence of domestic violence
- Children cases relating to contact/residence/prohibited steps/specific issues where there is evidence of abuse
- Child abduction matters
- Representation for child parties in family cases
- Legal advice in support of mediation
- Domestic violence injunction cases
- Forced marriage protection order cases
- If you had public funding secured before 1st April 2013, it will continue.
To qualify for Legal Aid, you’ll need to pass a means test. This considers your income and expenditure and establishes whether you are financially eligible for Legal Aid-funded services.
If you are not eligible for Legal Aid and you still want to be represented by a solicitor you will have to fund that yourself.
Legal Aid Solicitors Committed To The Resolution Of Family Disputes
Here at Hopkins Law we appreciate the levels of stress and anxiety involved in many family law cases. Not only is there a lot to organise, there is also the emotional distress. As experts in the field providing family law legal aid, we offer an intelligent and pragmatic approach, working to a dignified outcome for all the family.
The legal aid solicitors in our team are skilled advocates and negotiators, with extensive experience in all aspects of family law. We offer sensitivity, discretion and a tailor-made resolution for you and your case, always trying to make the legal process as smooth, quick and hassle free as possible.
For any further information regarding the range of family law legal aid services we provide, or speak to one of our legal aid solicitors.