Newport Office - 01633 251801
Pontypool Office - 01495 763333
The breakup of a marriage is always extremely difficult to deal with, both emotionally and financially. There will sometimes be disagreements over contact with children and financial matters that cannot be resolved by agreement.
At present, means-tested legal aid is available to people left with a modest income after a separation, so that they can take legal advice and, if necessary, obtain representation in court. That funding is currently under threat as the government is committed to reducing the legal aid bill substantially, and has legislation moving through Parliament that will remove public funding (Legal Aid) from areas such as divorce, financial matters and most disputes involving children including residence and contact. Inevitably this will lead to many people believing they are unable to afford legal advice and attending court hearings unrepresented, when extremely important decisions will be made. Alternatively, they may feel pressure to make informal agreements. Many organisations including the Law Society, Scope, Mind, Women’s Aid and Shelter have joined together to oppose the government’s plans to remove the availability of help with legal fees suggesting that “DIY justice is not access to justice.”
We are committed to ensuring that we can continue to provide an excellent service to all our clients in spite of the proposed changes. We currently provide assistance with legal costs by obtaining public funding for those who are eligible and offer a high-quality and cost-effective fixed fee service for privately funded clients. We find many private clients prefer the certainty of fixed fees. These are available in all areas of family law including divorce, financial matters and children’s issues.
We are also delighted to confirm that we have recently strengthened our department by recruiting Mrs Jill Wallace who is a member of the Law Society approved Children Panel. We now have two experienced members of the Children Panel which adds to our existing department consisting of two members of the Law Society accredited Family Law Panel and two Family Law Mediators.
We are able to offer advice at both our Newport and Pontypool Offices. Please contact us on 0845 60 222 99 to speak to one of our experienced members of the family team who will be more than happy to assist you.