Submitted by Victoria Moretti
Earlier this year the government decided that it was going to remove legal aid for those going through a number of family law disputes, including those married couples who have decided that they were going to file for a divorce. Whilst before financial support was available for people in certain cases, this is now no longer an option for many areas, meaning that people going through a divorce may find that their rights have changed.
Here are the areas which have lost their legal aid funding:
Cases involving children - Much of the budget cutting will affect those who have a dispute which involves children and their welfare. It means that where there was once financial support to help a couple resolve certain disputes, this may now no longer be available. Most of these issues will involve the custody and residency of any children they have, including;
- Living arrangements: getting a court to come to a decision about where the child/children should live
- Access rights: settling disputes in terms of how much access and time each parent should have to their child/children, if at all