The Legal Aid Agency (http://www.justice.gov.uk/legal-aid) runs the legal aid scheme in England and Wales. The LAA works in partnership with solicitors and not-for-profit organisations to provide information, advice and legal representation to people in need.
They also make sure that people get the information, advice and legal help they need to deal with a wide range of problems.
You might be able to get free and confidential advice from as part of legal aid (https://www.gov.uk/legal-aid) if you’re in England or Wales.
If you’re eligible, you can get help from CLA (https://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice) for problems including:
Help is available on 0845 345 4345.
Legal aid is still available for the following areas of family law:
Aside from the above areas of law, where legal aid remains available, as of 1 April 2013, legal aid for most children, divorce and financial matters in private family law cases was stopped. Funding for these types of matters is however still available where someone has been the victim of domestic abuse or where there are issues of child protection.
In order to qualify for legal aid, however, you must be able to provide supporting evidence.
Because the forms of evidence are prescribed by regulation there is no discretion for the Legal Aid Agency to accept other forms of evidence or for the requirement to be waived in particular cases. You will need to show that you or your children were at risk of harm from an ex-partner or had injuries or a condition caused by domestic abuse or violence.
If you think you may still be eligible for legal aid, you can contact a solicitor for advice.
Alternatively, you can download and print a ‘sample letter’ – see helpful links
This helps you get the proof you need, depending on whether:
You can give the letter to the person you are asking to provide evidence. They should be able to fill in the details for you. You might have to pay a fee for this. You should them take this evidence to a solicitor who may be able to apply for legal aid for you to be advised or represented at court.
In addition to the areas of law where legal aid is still available and those where legal aid is still available if you are eligible and have the correct proof, legal aid is also still available for:
To resolve disputes about children and/or finances on a relationship breakdown:
You may be able to instruct a solicitor to apply for legal aid for an exceptional case, if you can show that being refused legal aid would infringe:
Your Convention rights (within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998)
Any right you may have to the provision of legal services that are enforceable EU rights
If it is appropriate in the particular circumstances of your case