Cuts To Family Legal Aid Take Effect

Legal aid cuts came into effect as of 1st April 2013 meaning legal aid funding for divorce, financial remedy and proceedings relating to children with no element of domestic abuse is no longer available.In Lancashire, over 9,000 people on average were entitled to legal aid.  Following these changes this has been dramatically reduced to just over 1,000.  Now, 8,000 people will be forced to pay their own legal costs in an already stressful time.

Many clients were not aware of the changes and are no longer eligible for legal aid causing distress and some update as they realise they are no longer eligible for legal aid.  Many will now have to make important decisions as to how they can fund cases themselves.

Courts staff and judges are beginning to bear the brunt of these changes too as clients are representing themselves to avoid costs and with no legal aid, knowledge or advice, court hearings are increasing in length.

At Forbes Solicitors, we offer clients a choice of service related to what they are able to afford.  Tailored services are available where clients are given an estimate and pay an hourly charging rate or there’s the Forbes Divorce Family Fixed Fee Service that allows clients to select as much or as little legal advice as required to resolve their situation for a fixed price.  Packages can be tailored to fit around specific requirements and total flexibility is assured with the service.

Gill Carr

About Gill Carr

Gill Carr is an Associate Solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Gill’s blogs cover his specialisms of child protection, acting for both parents and children together with family members. Gill also advises and comments upon forced marriage, divorce, separation, child arrangements and financial matters. Gill writes about current legislation and case law relating to family law.
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