In this article we will be looking at how you qualify for legal aid in Cardiff with a family law solicitor and what can you expect to get from that help. We hope you find it useful and informative.
To qualify for legal aid with a family law solicitor in Cardiff you will need to pass through several checks on your current financial status unless you are being taken to court, as a parent, by social services. In this case, you are entitled to legal aid in Cardiff regardless of your financial situation. You will want to deal with a family law solicitor in Cardiff who is well known to the Legal Aid Agency as they will be paying the family law solicitors fees.
Legal Aid – Applications
According to the .gov website, you can apply successfully for legal aid if you fall under the following categories, if you and or your family are under threat of physical harm or are in a forced marriage perhaps. If you are at risk of losing your home or indeed are homeless then you can get legal aid in Cardiff too. If you have been accused of a crime against family members and are facing prison, then you too can apply for legal aid for family disputes. The team at Hurlow’s family law solicitors in Cardiff will be able to advise and help for sure. If you feel that you are being discriminated against or that you are being abused under the Human Rights act then you too could be granted legal aid in Cardiff.
To qualify for legal aid in a family dispute you must be able to prove your income and your partners or ex-partners income, again a good family law solicitor in Cardiff will be able to help you get hold of all the documents you need. Some even will offer free initial consultations to set you on the right path whether you qualify or not. If you do not qualify then you will be expected to pay your legal representation in full. You will need to declare any savings or property interests at the start of proceedings to determine if you are entitled to legal aid in Cardiff along with any benefits you receive also.
Qualifying For Legal Aid
If you qualify for legal aid in Cardiff, then the payments to your chosen solicitor will be made by the Legal Aid agency and not you. If you do not qualify for legal aid, then you must ask your family law solicitor to issue you with payment plan options including credit card payment options and monthly billing. The family law solicitor should also be able to give you an estimate of your total costs at the start of any proceeding so you can choose if you can afford to lose the case.
In the UK 95% of all divorces for example are uncontested and therefore can cost well under £1000 to facilitate however contested divorces currently average around £15,000 without property and upwards of £100k with the property so as you can see, if you do not qualify for legal aid in Cardiff then it can be a very expensive thing to do.
So in summary you can take a look at the government’s website to see if you qualify and then consult with a family law solicitor or legal aid solicitor in Cardiff who can help you fully qualify for legal aid. Legal aid, if qualified in family law, will pay all of your bills directly to the family law solicitor rather than you having to pay anything. However, if you do not qualify you are liable for all costs. Thanks for reading, we hope you have found it interesting.
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