28th October 2019 at 5:17 pm #90323
I started my divorce process at the (detail removed by moderator). There has been not progress.
I have been told that I’m not eligible for legal aid. My salary is just over the threshold.
I’m seeking a financial order and have been told it can cost thousands and that I will need a barrister.
I’m worried about contacting my solicitor because every email costs me and doesn’t seem to be improving anything.
I cant afford the potential legal fees but I don’t see any other option.
Does this sound right?
28th October 2019 at 8:46 pm #90334KIP.Participant
Ring Rights for Women for free legal advice. Some women have handled their own divorce, it might be an option. McKenzie friends can help there. If domestic abuse is involved then I’ve heard of women getting legal aid. Explore that avenue x
29th October 2019 at 8:59 am #90351maddogParticipant
There are various family law advice lines if you don’t already have a solicitor. Your local Women’s Aid may have a pro bono solicitor attached. Citizen’s Advice also offer free legal advice.
Unfortunately there isn’t an easy way through divorcing an abuser. Hope for the best and plan for the worst.
You want a solicitor who will do their utmost to keep you out of court. That is the biggest and most pointless expense. ROW is fantastic if you can get through. I have managed a couple of times by spending the full 2 hours on redial. The ROW website has lots of good information.
I have been dragged down a rocky path which I had never imagined in a million years. You will get there. The bottom line is freedom from abuse.
Solicitors are very black and white. I eventually found a website called Just Answer and found them helpful. It was a cheap way of floundering around trying to find the information I needed. It’s so difficult in such emotional turmoil to know what to ask.
29th October 2019 at 9:35 pm #90388WibblesParticipant
Definitely try Rights of Women, they give advice on how to do certain things on your own so you don’t need to pay a solicitor. I’ve just started this process so can’t advise further but I will be doing as much alone as I can. Good luck and sending hugs. X
1st November 2019 at 8:23 pm #90546BluelinesParticipant
Some courts run a personal support unit and they can give you free advice and refer you to the pro bono unit
Your mp , citizens advise and some law centres may be appli to refer you too
They were really helpful and although they couldn’t find me a barrister for my court date they did really try
Just google bar pro bono
1st November 2019 at 8:25 pm #90547BluelinesParticipant
Birmingham – 0121 250 6354
Bournemouth – 01202 417 606
Bristol – 0117 366 4809
Cardiff – 0292 034 3685
Chelmsford – 01245 245 527
Chester – 01244 404 299Coventry – 0121 250 6354
Exeter and Devon – 01392 415 335
Leeds – 0113 306 2764
Liverpool – 0151 296 2296
London – 020 7947 7701
Manchester – 0161 240 5037
Newcastle – 01912 618 016
Newport – 0292 0343 685
Nottingham – 0115 947 3592
Preston – 01772 844 920
Sheffield – 0114 281 2456Southampton – 0238 0829862
A list of numbers for personal support units
5th November 2019 at 9:50 am #90788
5th November 2019 at 10:53 am #90794positivelyempathParticipant
butterfudge – out of interest what was the salary threshhold as I am trying to find out if I’m eligible as I am going to have a fight on my hands over finances and child access and quoted it could cost up to 10k!! Which I don’t have! sending strength and hope you get some support from ROW x
5th November 2019 at 10:59 am #90796positivelyempathParticipant
Also I just found this when googling
‘ The eligibility limits may be waived in certain circumstances. For example, in certain
proceedings relating to domestic violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage the
eligibility limits may be dis-applied if it is considered equitable to do so. Thus an individual
applying for legal aid for such cases may still receive legal aid even if their income or capital
exceeds the eligibility limits described above’
So maybe ask WA or ROW??
29th June 2020 at 11:39 am #108094
Sorry I’ve just seen this. I earn £(detail removed by Moderator). What stops me from Legal Aid, Universal Credit and advice from Christians against poverty is that I share ownership of a Timeshare. Because the timeshare is like a second mortgage its seen as a second home. It’s that that is preventing financial help. I can’t give it away, no one wants Timeshares. It’s in joint names its part of our settlement.
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