We currently do not provide family law advice. Please check the list of organisations on this page who may be able to assist with your query.
Legal Aid for Family Law
Please note that Legal Aid is not available for many family law issues, but if your case involves any of the following then you may be able to get advice under Legal Aid:
- Domestic Abuse (including psychological, physical, financial, sexual or emotional abuse)
- Harassment (by a partner or ex-partner or family member)
- Forced marriage (if you are worried that you may be a victim of forced marriage)
- Female Genital Mutilation (if you are worried that you may be a victim of FGM)
- Enforcing an injunction (if your partner or ex-partner is ignoring an injunction you have already taken out)
- Contesting an injunction (if you want to contest an injunction that has been taken out against you)
- Children being taken into care or adoption (if social services have contacted you with concerns about your child or want to take your child into care)
- Child Abduction
- You are a family member seeking contact with a child in your family who has been a victim of child abuse.
- International Family Maintenance (you are seeking advice to enforce an order for family maintenance outside the UK)
- Family Mediation – if you want help to reach an agreement about divorce or separation, arrangements for the children or financial arrangements.
If you are unsure whether your problem is covered or want to check that you are financially eligible for Legal Aid you can contact Civil Legal Advice, a national advice line to help people check if they can get Legal Aid (details below).
The Family Mediation Council website can help you find a local family mediator who will provide services funded by Legal Aid.
For other family problems free advice is not generally available unless your case involves domestic abuse or you are under 18. However, if your case is very important to you, it is very complicated or you will be unable represent yourself, and you qualify financially for Legal Aid then a solicitor may be able to apply for Exceptional Case Funding for you from the Legal Aid Agency.