Legal Aid is no longer as easily accessible to those on low income, however you may be able to use Legal Aid for some family matters. It is important to check the requirements on the official government website [www.gov.uk/legal-aid/overview] as the rules may have changed since the time of publishing this information:
- If you are a victim of domestic violence and are divorcing or separating from an abusive partner
You can get legal aid to help with the divorce or things such as child contact or how to share money or property, but you will need to give your solicitor some evidence that you have been a victim of domestic violence by your partner.
- When a child is at risk of abuse from a partner
you can get legal aid to help with issues such as child contact or removal of a father’s or mother's parental responsibility, but you must be able to give your solicitor some evidence that the child is at risk of abuse.
It is generally very difficult to prove that abuse has occurred or is likely to occur. Whilst solicitors usually appreciate this, you are still required
to submit as much ‘supporting evidence’ as possible when applying for Legal Aid. It is very helpful if you have had support or input from independent
agencies/professionals. The following are suggestions of supporting evidence:
- Proof of a refuge stay
- Doctors letter
- Medical record
- Support service report
- School/nursery letter
- Record of discussions/behaviour
- Records of phone calls/text messages
Ask your solicitor for a free consultation to discuss your case.