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Changes to Legal Aid form April 2013

April 2013

From the 1st April 2013 most people will be aware that there will no longer be funding in certain areas of law. In particular this affects divorce and separation, financial matters, child contact and residence, civil partnerships and cohabitation. This means that it is unlikely that you will be able to get help, advice and assistance without having to pay.

It is however important to note that it still available in some areas of law, in particular family law if you have suffered or have been the victim of domestic violence. Certain evidence will be required to enable you to qualify. The legal advisor that you see at your first appointment can give you further information about this.

There are no changes in relation to making an application to protect clients that are victims of domestic violence. Therefore legal aid will contact to be available for applications for protective injunctions including :-

  • an Injunction/non molestation order
  • A forced marriage protection order
  • Any other protective order

It is also important to note that legal aid is still available for unlawful removal of a child from the UK or to secure the return of a child unlawfully removed from or within the UK.

Please do not panic or worry if you do not qualify for legal aid. Please still make an appointment to see us, we offer a first free 30 minute initial appointment. Norrie Waite & Slater provide quality legal advice at affordable prices. We can offer fixed fees at flexible rates and there are options available to achieve flexibility in order to pay your costs.

Finally, if you do already have a Public Funding Certificate, granted prior to the 1st April 2013, your funding will continue.

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