In the minority here as a woman who cant wait for it to go. I came into the marriage reasonably well off, ex screwed me and my parents out of 10''s of thousands. Now I''m just about broke fighting for the house I bought, paying for the kids by myself.
If my charming ex cant get funding to attack me great for me great for the kids. I''m counting the days till it goes cos there is no way he will try for access if he has to pay.
Am I missing something here? Surely it''s not going to make a blind bit of difference to the difficult women who block contact? You know, the ones who ignore court orders, even when the final order has been made, and have to be dragged back to court again and again as contact is trimmed and trimmed and trimmed......coz these women aren''t the ones who have to actually make the application to court they just have to turn up and...ignore.
The women who are going to suffer are the women who have wealthy stbx who think they can swan off in their new, mid-life-crisis life style, flashing the cash on bimbos and porches and sticking their fingers up at at the ex wives as they struggle to find money to pay debts they stupidly put in their own name, the bills and the children. Because it is these women, who will have to face the minefield of 30 page application forms with no legal advice. I''m sure even the application to have the ex pay for their legal fees will fall on some sort of application, with the onus to prove he can afford in on the poorer party.
As for dv being the exception.....well, let''s just watch the accussations of dv raise to then. As I''m often hearing that emotional dv counts / is as bad as physical dv, but it''s nigh on impossible to prove, and easy to accuse.
Personally I think this is great news.
Mothers will be less likely to try and stop contact knowing they would have to go though the court process alone.
I''ve just agreed a contact schedule with my ex,passed by the court and agreed partly due to the fact she did not get legal aid.
Couples will be far more likely to try and resolve issues with mediation which is the big point here.
The advantage will swing from mothers who are trying to stop contact to the fathers who may be able to afford a solicitor.
Def couples need to be encouraged to communicate amicably and sort out problems without dragging the whole situation through court which is bad for everyone concerned.
It won;t however change the fact some women will still stop contact even after a contact order has been awarded.
I''ve been told that it is April 2013 but there are usually transitional procedures which would involve a stepped withdrawal of funding for new cases and ongoing funding for current cases with a long-stop withdrawal if current cases are not concluded by, say, April 2016.
It may also depend upon the franchise contract with the solicitor. If they withdraw from public funding and had to dump all of their clients, their client may find it difficult to transfer to another firm. In the worst case scenario the LSC may disallow transfer requests which would leave clients in a position where they have no funding but with no ability to apply for a new certificate as new applications may have been withdrawn.
My brother is waiting until legal aid gets removed before he sarts proceedings under CA1989. Its a great way to wear down the contact blocker.... Yes he has the same issue as well but he got ground down and gave up. Has not seen his kids for 5 years. The removal of legal aid as well as my sterling advice should get him on the path to getting a relationship back with his 2 kids.