Family Lore Clinic: In which area of law is legal aid abolition in family law 2013?

A topical question. The simple answer is: almost all private law family matters (i.e. not involving local authorities, such as child care cases) will no longer be covered by legal aid from the 1st of April.

The slightly longer answer is that legal aid will no longer be available for most private law family matters (including financial remedies on divorce and children disputes), unless domestic violence is involved or, in the case of children disputes, there is a risk of child abuse.

Legal aid will still be available for some private law family matters, including:

  • Domestic violence injunctions
  • Child abduction
  • Mediation to resolve family disputes.

You can find a legal aid adviser near you here - they will be able to tell you whether legal aid will be available for your matter.