Private family matters: legal aid
You may be able to get legal aid to help with some family matters, however you will need to provide a solicitor with evidence that you are entitled to legal aid. The following guidance explains the steps you will need to take to get that evidence:
- If you are a victim of domestic violence and are divorcing or separating from an abusive partner
You can get legal aid to help with the divorce or things such as child contact or how to share money or property, but you will need to give your solicitor some evidence that you have been a victim of domestic violence by your partner.
- When a child is at risk of abuse from a partner
You can get legal aid to help with issues such as child contact or removal of a father’s or mother's parental responsibility, but you must be able to give your solicitor some evidence that the child is at risk of abuse.
If you have been asked to provide evidence to help with a legal aid application, then you can use the following template letters to help provide that evidence in the appropriate form if you are: