In April 2013 the government implemented the most wide ranging changes to the legal aid system in decades. Part of this was to withdraw the availability of legal aid for all forms of divorce and family law work aside from a few exceptions. The most important of which is that legal aid is still available for persons who are eligible on financial grounds (i.e. low income) and who wish to attend mediation to discuss issues involving children or financial settlements arising from divorce.
This is very much in line with the recent trend towards mediation rather than the courts. If mediation is successful in reaching agreement we can assist by advising upon any such settlement reached and if necessary to draft documentation to achieve a court order to give certainty and finality.
However if mediation is not successful then an application may need to be made to the court to decide the matter. We can assist by offering much lower charging rates and making a court application affordable.