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how does legal aid ending in april effect people who have divorce ongoing?

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exmrs Thu 20-Dec-12 19:15:21

Just wondering im filing for divorce in january and im guessing my divorce wont be through before april but how would it affect me if i need legal aid to continue my divorce as ex will delay? will i still continue to get for my case or will i have to pay from april?

Collaborate Thu 20-Dec-12 19:21:25

No new applications from April unless you're a domestic violence victim. So either no advice or you pay for it.
Existing cases will continue to be funded, but if you need to move from Legal Help to a certificate then you're out of luck.

exmrs Thu 20-Dec-12 19:39:59

thanks for reply but what does legal help to a certificate mean?

Collaborate Thu 20-Dec-12 23:21:27

Legal help is the form you sign when you first see the solicitor, which covers basic paperwork incl getting a divorce. For going to court over money, children or injunction you need a legal aid certificate.

exmrs Fri 21-Dec-12 09:19:00

thank you collaborate

probablyparanoid Thu 03-Jan-13 11:38:05

Hi - lurking on this thread and interested in understanding more - Collaborate does this mean that there will be no legal aid for custody or child access after April other than if you already have a legal aid certificate?

Collaborate Thu 03-Jan-13 12:40:23

That's right, unless you're a DV victim.

rmdbsmummy Mon 04-Mar-13 11:40:15

How long does legal aid last? My partner went to solicitors for child access in october the solicitor sent the mediation letter out but his x came to an agreement before thy attended mediation however shes gone back on it now. Will the legal aid he had before still be active and how long for? Thanks

Collaborate Mon 04-Mar-13 21:35:38

It depends if his solicitor put in a final bill to the LSC. Assuming here he had a legal aid certificate and not just legal help.

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