As of 1 April 2013 the Government’s rules changed in relation to the eligibility criteria for legal aid. Legal aid is still available in certain circumstances.
Legal Aid is still available for: -
Injunctions - You do not have to prove domestic violence or abuse for an injunction. You simply have to be financially eligible.
Contact, Residence, Financial Matters & Divorce - legal aid may be available if you can prove and provide evidence of domestic violence.
The criteria for these matters are strict, resulting in many clients who would have previously been eligible no longer being able to access legal aid funding to cover their legal costs. This most significant change is that legal aid is only now available in divorces, financial disputes and children disputes where the client (applicant) can establish that they have been a victim of domestic violence at the hands of the other party (respondent) or that a child is at risk.
If you can produce a required type of evidence and are financially eligible you may be eligible for Legal Aid.
If you don’t meet the criteria for legal aid then we offer the choice of a fixed fee package for divorces, financial matters and children matters which includes advice and representation throughout as set out on our detailed quote sheets.