legal aid

CHANGES IN FAMILY LAW – A NEW DEDICATED FAMILY COURT

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 introduced the concept of a single Family Court, which will deal only with family matters.  This, it is anticipated, will be operational from April 2014.  The Family Court will deal with all family cases with the exception of two areas of law: those involving the jurisdiction of the High(…)

A NEW WAY TO FUND LEGAL PROCEEDINGS?

 It is often a problem for one party who does not work to fund legal proceedings if they do not have access to joint funds or any independent means.  They may negotiate a loan from their solicitor on the basis that they will repay the costs once the house is sold but it is obviously(…)

THE COST OF LEGAL AID

I am not so much talking about the cost to the tax payer of providing Legal Aid, but the cost to those involved in family disputes once Legal Aid is reduced to the absolute minimum as the Government proposes.  Everyone, apart from possibly the Government, knows that an immediate consequence will be a huge increase(…)

MEDIATION

As many of you will know, from 6 April 2011 the Ministry of Justice proposed that before anyone made an application to the court in relevant family proceedings (and this is not divorce – relevant means an application in relation to money matters or children issues), the person making the application should contact a mediator.(…)