Family Legal Aid Do I have to pay?

Legal Aid is available in PLO (Public Law Outline) and care proceedings for parents regardless of finances. Legal aid is available in domestic abuse cases subject to financial qualification.

From April 2013 the Government has very much reduced which other family cases are covered by Legal Aid. You might find the following link to the Government’s Website helpful in telling you what is now covered and whether you qualify financially.

It used to be that if you were on benefits or a low income you could expect to receive Legal Aid for divorce, separation, property and financial matters, and children issues, but that has now changed. Those types of Legal Aid are now only be available to you if you have suffered some kind of domestic abuse which has been documented or proved, or there are child protection concerns which have been documented or proved.

Unless you have evidence of having suffered domestic abuse, or of child protection issues, you now first have to try to resolve your issues through Mediation. You may qualify for Legal Aid to cover the costs of the Mediation. If you are in Mediation and need legal advice about the options that are being explored then you might qualify for Legal Aid for that legal advice too.

If you are not eligible for legal aid then we offer a range of paying options. Click here to find out more.

Talk to an expert about legal aid now: 01278 456 621