This is my first post so I hope you don''t mind me asking for some advice here.
I had better give you all a quick run down of events.
Back in 2005 I seperated from my then Wife, basically she was doing a lot of drink and drugs, I also found out that my youngest child was not actually mine. There are 4 children altogether.
In 2006 I met someone new and after a while my my ex stopped me from seeing the children. I went to court to get a contact order and she then accused me of abusing the children. You can imagine the shock and twisted feeling of sick I had in my stomach at that point. After 2 Social Services and Police investigations and almost a year in and out of court it was ruled that the allegations were completely false. In fact, I won residence of all the children, even the youngest that isn''t mine, my view being that it isn''t the child''s fault that the mother was unfaithful. I also had a divorce finalised during the proceedings.
Throughout all of the court hearings etc, my ex recieved legal aid but due to her complete lack of reasoning her certificate was revoked.
I put myself in just over £20K worth of debt in legal fee''s and also represented myself near the end.
In 2007 all the children started to live with me and my new partner and her Daughter. We married in 2009 and everything had been going along nicely.
In 2011, I recieved a letter from a solicitor, my ex wife wanted residency of the youngest child. Of course I refused and then we had to attend mediation. The first time we have been in the same room since court. It wasn''t easy, especially after what she had accused me of but I kept my cool.
During mediation she added she also wanted the second youngest child, again I refused.
mediation went on for several months and I''m now just waiting for a letter to arrive with court details.
My main question is this, I''m 100% certain she is recieving legal aid again...how is this possible? Her previous certificate was revoked and I was of the understanding that you couldn''t gain legal aid once revoked.
Has anyone here had experience complaining to the LSC? or has any advice on how to get this looked into?
You may well ask! What reason has she given for wanting residence? How does she reckon it''s best for the children to be disrupted now? I''ve seen certificates revoked once CAFCASS have recommended that the kids stay put, but not usually before then.