Coventry Law Centre

Family advice

Legal aid will continue to be routinely available in matters where life or liberty is at stake, where people are at risk of serious harm, where they are at immediate risk of losing their home, or where their children may be taken into care, thus ensuring that legal aid is targeted at those who need it most.

 

Jonathan Djanogly, Legal Action Group Social Welfare Law Conference: Facing the Future (2011)

Getting Family Advice

The Legal Aid Agency has awarded Coventry Law Centre a contract to provide legal advice and assistance in the category of Family Law. For the Law Centre to be able to help you, you will need to be eligible for legal aid.

Can I get Legal Aid?

The majority of Legal Aid Applications are Means Tested. There is an eligibility calculator at:

http://http://legalaidcalculator.justice.gov.uk

If you are a parent in Child Protection proceedings or your child has been Abducted then your application for Legal Aid will not be Means Tested.

All Legal Aid Applications must be assessed on their Merits. We will advise you on the merits of your case.

Important

From 1st April 2013 there are new regulations covering the availability of Legal Aid in Family cases which have brought in additional requirements that must be satisfied before Legal Aid can be granted.

The following cases are not affected by the new regulations:

1. Care Proceedings and Child Protection

2. Domestic Abuse

3. Child Abduction

In relation to all other areas of Family Law there will need to have been a background of Domestic Violence and there must be evidence of that Domestic Violence which is no more than 24 months old.

The regulations concerning evidence are complicated but we may be able to help you with this.

The definition of Domestic Violence for Legal Aid purposes is:

"Any incident, or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between individuals who are associated with each other."

If your case does not have a background of Domestic Violence as defined above then it will fall out of scope of Legal Aid and we will be unable to help you. We can however provide you with a list of Family Solicitors in Coventry but you must expect that they will charge you for their services.

If you are eligible we can offer you an appointment. We will need evidence of your financial circumstances (eg Bank Statements Wage Slips evidence of Benefit Entitlement) We would also need evidence of Mortgage or Rent payments. Any evidence will need to be the most recent.

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