Get divorce advice online instead of legal aid says Justice Secretary
The Justice Secretary today announced the biggest shakeup in the legal aid system, since it was introduced in the 1940’s and divorce and finance cases will not be eligible for state funding under the new proposals as predicted by this blog at the beginning of the year.
Interestingly, in the consulation document, the government says at section 4.156, “In addition, there is divorce advice available online to help couples to navigate the divorce process. The presence of these alternatives is not determinative, but makes the provision of legal aid in these cases less likely to be justified.”
This came after this company made indirect contact with the department though our local MP to inform the Government that there were alternative options that will be coming on stream to assist people in the future without needing to pay lawyers.
So, legal aid is going to be cut in all but the most serious of divorce cases and lawyers are going to get their fees cut by 10%. Is this the end of legal aid in divorce cases?. We think it is and a lot of law firms up and down the county are going to have to completely rethink whether they can stay in business going forward.