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Do I have to pay it all back

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15 Sep 12 #356085 by runningscared
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Do I have to pay all of the legal aid back when the financials are eventually sorted out?
Never even thought about it until surfing this forum

The divorce is being taken care of by legal aid. I am sure that sol said she only gets just under £150 for whole lot, hence why I don''t get to see her very much.

With regard to financial. Stbx is refusing mediation and sol has said there is not enough money in divorce legal aid pot to sort out between solicitors so she can apply for funding to take it to court. She mentioned that she would get a certificate worth about £650. If this happens do I have to find the whole of the £800 from my share of the equity from the house? That amount is not too bad and I am happy to pay this but I also wonder if there is some more hidden costs like court fees that I may not be aware of?

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15 Sep 12 #356089 by soulruler
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Right now I really do think that you have more to worry about than paying legal aid back, in fact I think that you are a test case for why legal aid should not dissapear in family proceedings.

You say that your family lawyer has only charged £150 for instruction. I am going to say now "hurray" as that is the sort of fee that criminal lawyers get for a represntation in a criminal case.

To me it just goes to show that criminal and civil cases are at last getting closer, is that the beginning of the end, you might not understand me when I say, I believe it is the beginning of something far better.

We need collaborative and truthful law. I am going to try now not to get on my "high" horse as I can say that there is a huge amount I would like to say but will stop myself from doing so - partly as I do not want to bore you, partly as I do not want to prejudice Wiki and partly as I am hoping that what I am going through right now will make a profound difference in a very positive way to which the general public views the legal system. blar blar blar (sorry if that sounds like a preach).

Do not worry about having to pay back £150 that is what I am saying. You will be OK believe in the Justice system and support it with a little help from your friends.

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15 Sep 12 #356094 by gerimine
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Legal aid is not a gift but a loan, how much if any is paid back depends on your financial circumstances.
This explains:

Hope this helps

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16 Sep 12 #356135 by runningscared
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Thanks gerimine that is really helpful. It is now important that I or my solicitor gets my stbx to try and co-operate and sort things our amicably before costs rise too much. He is such a plonker that he probably is not aware that he too will have to pay back his legal aid.

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