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A guide to legal aid

Legal aid is a UK government funded program to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds get access to legal representation. Legal aid services can only be provided by organisations which have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency (LAA).

Unfortunately, Stowe Family Law does not have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency and is therefore unable to offer legal aid to our clients.

Read more about Legal Aid and find some useful links below.

There is a searchable list of approved legal aid solicitors and law firms on the government’s legal aid website

Legal aid would only be available if your financial resources were within the limits set by the Legal Aid Agency. To check if you are eligible for legal aid please visit the government website

If you are awarded money or property as a result of your case, you may be asked to pay back some or all of the costs funded by Legal Aid.

The rules around legal aid in Scotland and Northern Ireland are different from England and Wales so please check in your country for availability.

Are you eligible for Legal Aid?

As a result of changes to legal aid made in 2013, as part of cost cutting measures, legal aid is only available in some specific cases. In family law, these types of cases are:

  • Court injunctions taken against a violent or abusive partner or family member
  • If you have suffered or are at risk of domestic violence or abuse by a family member
  • High Court proceedings about child welfare
  • Cases where social services are involved with your children
  • Forced marriage
  • Family mediation – help to resolve disputes about finance or children on breakdown of a relationship
  • If your child has, or is at risk of, being taken out of the country without your consent

Legal Aid Resources

If you wish to find out more about legal aid, there are some links below to other resources.


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