Can I Use Legal Aid For My Divorce?

Date: May 15th, 2018 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

 

In recent years the government has placed significant restrictions on the availability of legal aid in family law cases, including divorce. Although there is limited financial assistance available for couples embarking on mediation this is subject to a means test. You can check whether you qualify for legal aid on the government’s website.

 

What Family Law Cases Is Legal Aid Available For?

Legal aid is still available in family cases where there is a risk of domestic abuse. You may still have to prove you are financially eligible. This means you may apply for legal aid if you are applying for:

  • a non-molestation order or occupation order
  • a restraining order
  • a child arrangements order, prohibited steps order or specific issue order, if you or any children have experienced domestic abuse
  • a forced marriage protection order

Legal aid is also available when a local authority has brought care proceedings and in cases where a child is about to be removed from the UK. It is also possible in limited circumstances to argue entitlement to legal aid under the European Court of Human Rights

 

Alternatives To Legal Aid

With the removal of legal aid from the majority of divorce cases many divorcing couples going through separation and divorce now have no option but to represent themselves. There is evidence that this has put family courts under pressure and has led to backlogs and delays. It is also the case that final outcomes in relation to finance and children arrangements are unsatisfactory because of the lack of formal legal advice.

Divorce is a time of financial hardship for many, as a single household effectively splits into two. Sourcing funds to pay for legal fees can prove extremely difficult. But if at all possible it is worth investigating alternative funding options to get specialist advice that ensures you protect your family’s future position. Many law firms now offer their services on an ad hoc basis at key points in the divorce process. There may also be the possibility of funding legal advice through a specific type of loan.

 

Share:

Google Reviews

Brookman Solicitors

42 Reviews

Chris Mullins 10/12/2018

Henry Brookman and team have been fantastic from initial point of contact. They were able to schedule me a 'free telephone consult' at short notice in order to fit with my travel plans. I have now received sound written legal advice from both UK and Overseas perspective which has given me great reassurance and peace of mind. I am now understanding of the legal journey I am to face and have confidence that his team will be able to support me!

Syeda Rizvi 09/11/2018

I can’t recommend Brookman solicitors enough. I met with Mr Aziz Malik from Brookman solicitors for a case that had an international dimension to it, and found him extremely competent, professional, reassuring and empathetic. Knowing that my case was time sensitive, Mr Aziz was quick to initiate the legal process, kept me updated on the case progress, responded very promptly to all my correspondence, gave very sincere legal advice and addressed all my concerns in a very patient and responsible fashion. He was very involved in the case, and I knew from the get go that my case was in safe hands. Throughout the process, the law firm also kept me posted on the costs of the services I was getting, hence making the process very convenient and transparent for me. The barrister they appointed to represent me at the hearing(s) was equally competent, knowledgeable and articulate. Thanks to Brookman solicitors, the outcome of my case was exactly what I had wished for, and I am beyond delighted. I am extremely grateful to them for their services. Please keep up the good work!

Nir Ozer 07/11/2018

Henry Brookman was very honest and helpful with the professional quick legal service. It's wonderful to know you get a proper advice when needed. I definitely recommend this law firm.

Chris Saunders 26/10/2018

I engaged Brookman Solicitor's on a particularly complex topic related to international divorce. Henry and his team provided excellent support and his expertise was a critical factor in a successful outcome. I would not hesitate in working with this firm again, or recommending them to others.

Petra LP 25/10/2018

Replied to my query very quickly and was very helpful and understanding.