WALES/ENGLAND – Unhappy couples rushing to divorce lawyers ahead of legal aid cuts

Unhappy couples have been rushing to file for divorce before legal funding is cut next week, law firms claim.

Unhappy couples rushing to divorce lawyers ahead of legal aid cuts

200,000 people filing for divorce will be affected by the cuts Photo: Alamy

New rules will see the number of people entitled to legal aid more than halved as the Government attempts to reduce the £2 billion it currently spends.

From next Monday (1 April 2013) the Law Society estimates 650,000 cases will no longer qualify for financial help, stopping many from getting advice and representation.

It is thought 200,000 people filing for divorce will be affected when the cut-off point for the top amount of money they earn combined with the equity they have, is lowered.

People earning over £14,000 will now need to take a much more in-depth means test before they can be granted legal aid.

Liz Bruce, a family lawyer for Bristol-based firm Lyons Davidson, said the impending cuts had already had a huge impact on firms, with many reaching case load capacity.

 

 

SOURCE: The Telegraph

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