Legal Aid changes from 1st April 2013
We repeat this as news because of its importance to all concerned.
Very few parents are now eligible for Legal Aid for family law cases, whether on financial, residence or contact issues. (See below for those cases with eligibility)
However the good news is:
– Family mediation can still be funded, including legal advice in connection with it.
– Use of our Contact Centre is still free of charge.
Referral to our Centre is by two routes:
1) Ask a professional, such as a Social Worker, Health Visitor, Support Worker.
They can print off a referral form from the ‘Contact Us’ page on this site.
2) Refer yourself.
In this case, you don’t need to fill in a form – we will do it at your preparation visit.
It is helpful if you read the ‘Parent Information’ sheet – find it on ‘About Us’ page.
Just check, if possible, that the other parent is willing to come to an interview too.
Then phone or email us to discuss the details.
Eligibility for public funding in family cases:
– The unlawful removal of a child.
– Forced marriages.
– Protective injunctions, e.g. non-molestation orders.
– An applicant (parent) who is under 18.
– A parent with evidence of a domestic violence risk to themselves.
– The case of a child at risk of abuse from another person.
We regularly advertise for new volunteers to join our Saturday teams. All suitable applicants of any age over 18 are welcomed. If you happen to be from groups presently under-represented in the teams – which means men, people from a variety of Bristol’s ethnic groups, and younger people – we would specially like to hear from you. Just take a look at our Volunteering Page, then email or phone the Coordinator if you’re interested to pursue the idea. We always have a discussion about what the work entails, and a visit to the Centre, before any forms need to be filled in.