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11 Jun 12 #336068 by ffc1991
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Just been told in September the Gov are withdrawing the funding for legal aid? in Family court cases? Is this true?.

For me personally who has had to fork out loads already due to a difficult mother i would welcome the idea with open arms.

Would stop all the difficult Mums from withdrawing contact, with the thought of going to court and all those fees.

But then on the other side of the argument, theres the people who will really need it and wont be able to have it, for example Mums who have very difficult fathers or vice versa.

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11 Jun 12 #336069 by BoysMum
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Hi

My solicitor told me that it is being withdrawn from Feb 2013.

I think the courts will probably be inundated with parents self representing which, I imagine, will clog the Courts time up, even more than it is?

I''m guessing things run smoother when there is at least one party with Legal Representation, knowing the process and how to proceed. I know if I were in this position, I would be bewildered. :unsure:

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11 Jun 12 #336070 by ffc1991
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Hmm maybe Feb 2013, bt been told it''s of Sep this year.

Yes i see your point as well i guess. But then theres nothing stopping people from self referring themselves now really? I know for a fact if it wasn''t for legal aid, my ex partner wouldn''t be being as difficult as she is. She wouldn''t be able to self represent imo so would have to pay fees. This ofcourse would be a massive put off. However i do see also that The fathers who are predominately the working side of the family and have the salary to pay these fees, could use this as a threat more often against Single mothers who don''t work and would be unable to afford this. So a bullying tactic as such to threaten court.

Will be very strong arguments from both sides. Can see 99% of Fathers being for this and 99% of Mothers being against.

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11 Jun 12 #336072 by BoysMum
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I agree with you, there will undoubtedly be very strong arguments on both sides on this one.

In the past, I have had the benefit of Legal Aid, and I must say, I was very thankful. I receive no CM from my ex, he allowed our home to be repossessed, and our youngest is disabled. I am now living in a rented house, with very little money.

I have offered contact and always encourages contact, but my ex does not want to see the children. No doubt this will change at some point in the future???

I couldn''t afford to pay privately for a solicitor, but contact would have to start at the children''s pace after such a long gap in contact ( currently 14 months ) and my child''s disability would have to factor into the equation. It certainly wouldn''t be easy, and it frightens me that I wouldn''t have the support and guidance from a Solicitor :(

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11 Jun 12 #336073 by ffc1991
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Yh see from your point of view i would feel that it would be totally unreasonable for you not to get any form of help. But then i spose they can''t have a pick and choose system in place to who deserves it and who doesen''t i suppose.

Is this already been passed through? or is it just an idea?

Only just heard it briefly today and don''t know the in''s and out''s of it all. How the government could expect someone in your situation to self represent would be criminal imo.

I do see it as a major bullying tactics from the wealthy partner in the relationship. Obviously some Mothers would of been the one with the job and a stay at home father but this ofcourse is very rare.

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11 Jun 12 #336075 by BoysMum
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My solicitor has told me that there will be no funding whatsoever in February 2013 and from the way she explained it, it will be implemented and the decision is made. She did say it was going to be introduced in February 2012 but it had been extended to February 2013.

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11 Jun 12 #336076 by BoysMum
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I did ask this question in one of my other posts as I wondered what will be the case if someone is in receipt of a Legal Aid Certificate, and the case is unresolved come February 2013. Fiona kindly answered that if you were in receipt of a certificate and the case was ongoing, the certificate would probably be ongoing until matters were resolved.

In my case, my solicitor closed my file and my Legal Aid certificate was returned as my ex did not want to pursue contact.

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