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22 Jan 08 #11478 by shar
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Have just been to a Solicitor to start legal proceedings. I only bring home £200.00 a week but that does not entitle me to Legal Aid. If I wanted to do it privately it is going to cost me £150.00 an hour with an up front payment of £800.00 my only way out is to wait until my husband stops paying the mortgage and we have to sell the house. Which is a lovely prospect for me and the fact that I cannot move on with my life. My husband is the one who has walked out on me and moved in with his girlfriend and I am being penalised for it.

Can anyone out there offer me any advise other than to just wait around until my house is repossessed

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22 Jan 08 #11479 by Ladybelle
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Are you sure you dont get legal aid ? I was told it was under £2000 a month ??

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22 Jan 08 #11480 by Specialdad
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Theres a lesson here for women.

Never be dependent on a man to pay the mortgage!!

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22 Jan 08 #11482 by lindy lou
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Try 0845 345 4345 Community legal advice.
4p a min- I found them very helpful.
Good Luck.

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22 Jan 08 #11483 by gone1
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AgoraphobicAnnie wrote:

Are you sure you dont get legal aid ? I was told it was under £2000 a month ??

2 grand a month? 200 a week is about 10.2K a year. I think the limit is about 8.5K a year. She is just over. I think you have to be destitute to get LA or on state ben. Its still a loan and you have to pay it back. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Chris.

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22 Jan 08 #11488 by loobyloo
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I was working 15 hours a week when i started proceedings net around £900 i didnt get even offered legal aid!
I have not worked since june my sol been ok as knows hell get the money when i do, but barristers not as kind had to loan £3k as a security for final hearing
moral of the story
"in the next life stay single and study law"
looby

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22 Jan 08 #11491 by Ladybelle
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I have been told I qualify for legal aid and I earn under £500 a month, but also was horrified to learn I do have to pay some back which I dont have. The reason I said £2000 was because that was what my x2b is bringing home and my sol told me he wouldnt get it because he was over the limit at that, which I then assumed was £2000.

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