Legal Aid for Family Matters
Our solicitors will work with you to find practical solutions to a whole range of family issues, including:
- Private financial advice
- Child matters
- Civil partnerships
- Care proceedings and adoption
- Emergencies, including injunctions
- Divorce + separation
We also encourage mediation and collaborative law wherever possible.
How does legal aid work?
Legal aid helps those who need it to meet the costs of legal advice and representation in a court or tribunal.
In order to apply for legal aid, you will need to prove that you cannot afford to pay for legal costs and that the problem is serious, for example, you’re the victim of domestic abuse or at risk of homelessness. In cases of domestic violence, a domestic abuse support worker (IDVA) can also provide a letter as evidence.
Am I eligible for legal aid?
The Legal Aid Agency has an eligibility calculator, which you can view here.
During your initial consultation we’ll check whether you’re eligible for legal aid. If you are, we’ll sign you up for the initial level of aid.
If you are not eligible, you may be entitled to a complimentary 30 minute meeting to discuss the various options available to you. We’ll also outline the various fixed fee packages we have available.
If more detailed advice is required and you’d like to continue past the 30 minutes, let your solicitor know and you may be able to carry on into a more detailed consultation. This time will be chargeable, but your solicitor will tell you how much this is likely to be and what other costs are involved.
If none of these options are appropriate, we will discuss with you the hourly rate to be charged for all work.
Paying for legal fees
We will always try to obtain a fair and just outcome for you and your family. Whilst we will support you through any court process, we will do our best to help you achieve an agreement before it gets to that stage.
To ensure we provide complete clarity about our legal costs, we have introduced a set of fixed-fee packages.
Within our fixed-fee information, we clearly indicate what is and what isn’t included and, once we have discussed your case with you in detail, we can provide a clear guide as to the likely costs involved in your particular case.
If, for any reason, you do not wish to use the fixed-fee packages then we will happily discuss our hourly rates with you.