What is Legal Aid?

What is Legal Aid?

Legal Aid is the use of public money to help pay for legal advice, family mediation and court representation.

In order to receive Legal Aid in nearly all Divorce and Child Law cases, you need to be financially eligible.

The government website can help you find out if you can receive legal aid:


As a rough guide, Legal Aid will not usually cover solicitors’ fees in Divorce and Child Law cases unless the Local Authority have started the court action and / or there has been domestic abuse / violence / financial control.

An example of financial control would be being stopped from accessing a joint bank account.

This article was written by Jeff Garland, a specialist solicitor in Divorce and Child Law. If you have any questions or need more help, please don’t hesitate to give Jeff a call or drop him an e-mail using the details below.

jeff@your.law / 01772 374 475

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