The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 which is due to be implemented 1st April 2013 reforms legal aid so that it will become unavailable apart for DV. There is provision for the courts to order payment from one spouse to the other to enable them to obtain legal services for divorce and financial proceedings
In my opinion it''s a positive move to stop the self obsessed nonsense that surrounds the divorce process.
People are going to be a lot less confrontational when they have to pay the bill out of their own pocket.
The government has also brought in that divorceing parties must attempt mediation.
This should be made compulsory until an agreement is reached in my opinion.
It is obviously an attempt to stop wasting public funds on people divorcing.
People have the legal right to choose to marry of their own free will in this country by law.
I don''t see why public funds are wasted when they divorce.
Choices in life have consequences.
I''ve never agreed with public funding for private arguments.
The fair majority of women claiming legal aid have had middle class lives chosen to give up work and then at the end gain a shed load of money and go on to claim another shed load of money a month of public funding per month for the kids.Which a woman who stays married with kids in a middle income household even would never receive.
Any woman with kids is going to obtain minimum 50% of marital assets so most of the legal aid goes on getting the ex hubby to foot the bill after marriage far too much importance is put on this legal precedence of keeping women in the lifestyle they were accustomed too.That''s where the money gets wasted.
You divorce that''s tough that''s where the money stops.That''s life a bloke walks in work with a high paying job and the company''s goes bust that''s it he can''t go around saying what about my entitlement to a £50k a year job.He gets told by the govt that''s tough pal your over 40 chances of getting another job like that minimal hard cheds heres £60 a week job seekers allowance for 6 months and we''ll be all over you like a rash for claiming that.
Here''s a list of the minimum wage jobs we will be expecting you to go for interviews with.what''s that can''t pay your rent.....tough luck mate.
Far far far too much money being wasted on legal aid in this way.
What about the poor people I hear you say?
They ain''t got no money to argue about.That''s why my argument what class the legal aid benefits is proven.
All the best
I take it the last two posts crossed. As I said there is provision for one spouse to claim money from the other to pay for legal services so, at least as far as divorce and financial proceedings are concerned, men aren''t going to any better off than women from the cuts in legal aid.
I am obviously a simplistic soul. It seems to me that the huge bills (some) people rack up on divorce, legal aid or no legal aid, result from the discretionary nature of settlements. As long as there is a huge amount of room to wriggle, then some people will think it''s worth litigating and some solicitors will encourage them to do so. So hitting legal aid isn''t the answer to the question, because it''s the wrong question.
PMSL Fiona........so in other words the govt has said Feck us paying out for the woman''s legal aid bill.The old man can pick up her solicitors bills an all as well as giving away the free house and tax free holiday payment ad infinitum.
They only need to put on the statute book to top that joke.
"all in the best interests of the children and we definately ain''t sexist"