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Legal Aid Ending

Entire areas of family law, including divorce, disputes about children and financial matters resulting from relationship breakdown, are set to be cut from the public funding stream this April.
There will be exceptions for cases involving domestic or child abuse or where there are care proceedings involving the Local Authority.
Don Bird, head of the Family Department at Atherton Godfrey, said: “One of our major concerns is that the impending changes to the Legal Aid system could lead to an increase in the number of people facing the family courTS without lawyers or proper legal advice, or simply being unable to ensure that their rights and entitlements are protected as they feel unable to deal with matters without legal adivce.
“Anyone who has already made the difficult decision to separate, and who feels they will be entitled to Legal Aid, should make sure they get good legal advice now. Many law firms offer a free initial consultation, so it won’t cost a penny to find out what the options are.”
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