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Fees (Fixed Fees & Legal Aid)

Family Law

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We know that the fees can put you off seeking legal advice and representation for family law issues. That’s why our various family service fees (fixed fee and Legal Aid) options keep you in control and make legal support accessible. 

Our fixed fee services offer a cost-effective solution for any family law issue, giving you certainty over fees and easing the financial strain.

To discuss our fixed fee services or your eligibility for Legal Aid, get in touch with our specialist Family Law team today.

Cartwright King Fixed Fee Family Law Services

Cartwright King is completely transparent with the fees that we charge to ensure that you’re fully aware of your legal costs and the unique service you can expect from us.

We start with a fixed fee for a first appointment so that we can spend time with you to listen and learn about your matter and offer detailed advice in return. This can all be managed with the reassurance of a fixed fee in place. Once we know more about your matter we can explore the possibility of further fixed fees, subject to the work that may be involved.

Legal Aid Options

Cartwright King offers a free Legal Aid assessment to determine if you’re eligible for financial support to cover your legal costs. Despite huge cuts to Legal Aid in family law, you could potentially still apply on the following grounds:

Domestic Abuse

If you are a victim of, or at risk of, domestic abuse then you could be eligible for Legal Aid. To qualify for financial support with legal costs, you must me able to demonstrate that:

  • The person abusing you has an unspent conviction for domestic abuse; or
  • The person abusing you has a police caution for domestic abuse against you; or
  • The person abusing you has ongoing criminal proceedings; or
  • There is an injunction in place; or
  • There is an undertaking in place; or
  • The person abusing you is on police bail for a domestic abuse offence against you; or
  • A MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) has been convened; or
  • There has been a finding of fact where findings have been made against the person abusing you for an offence against you; or
  • Your health has suffered as a result of the abuse and you have a letter from your GP confirming this; or
  • You have a letter from Social Services confirming that you are at risk of harm from the person abusing you; or
  • You have been refused access to a refuge or have been accommodated in a refuge; or
  • You have been referred by a health professional to a domestic abuse support service; or
  • There is a DVPO (Domestic Violence Prevention Order) in place

Child Matters – Private Law

To qualify, you would need to be able to demonstrate that within the last two years:

  • Your partner has an unspent conviction for a child abuse offence; or
  • Your partner has a police caution for a child abuse offence; or
  • Your partner has ongoing criminal proceedings; or
  • There is an injunction in place; or 
  • There is an undertaking in place; or 
  • Your partner is on police bail; or
  • There has been a finding of fact where findings have been made against your partner; or
  • You have a letter from Social Services confirming that your partner is a risk to the children; or
  • You have a child protection plan from Social Services that shows that your partner is a risk to the children

Social Services/Child Care Proceedings 

For family matters involving Social Services, Legal Aid funding is available to seek legal advice for things like:

  • Child in need plans
  • Child protection plans
  • Pre-proceedings meetings
  • Care proceedings

For pre-proceedings meetings (Public Law Outline meetings – PLO) you do not need to qualify financially as it is non-means, non-merits tested – this is the same for care proceedings. This means that your income or expenditure is not taken into account when applying for Legal Aid, so you will automatically qualify for financial support.

You should get in touch with Cartwright King immediately if you have received a pre-proceedings letter or care proceedings have started.

Forced Marriage

If you face being forced into marriage, or have already been made to wed against your will, Legal Aid funding is available to you, enabling you to seek advice on injunctions that can be applied to protect you from forced marriage or help you leave a marriage.

How is Legal Aid Assessed?

In addition to qualifying under certain grounds, in most cases your financial situation will be assessed to determine your eligibility for Legal Aid. Your capital assets and income will be evaluated.

Capital assets evaluated include:

  • Your house
  • Your car 
  • Your savings
  • Investments

Income assets evaluated include:

  • Your salary 
  • Any state benefits

If you are with a partner who is not the person you’re taking action against, then their income will also be taken into account when reviewing a Legal Aid application.

When assessing financial eligibility for Legal Aid, not all of your expenditure is taken into account. Only your rent/mortgage, allowances for dependants, tax and National Insurance, maintenance payments you are making and any child care costs are considered as expenditure. 

This means that any loans or living expenses are not taken into account as part of a Legal Aid assessment.

For your free, Legal Aid assessment, get in touch with us today.

Payments Toward Legal Aid

Depending on your capital assets and income levels, you may have to pay a contribution towards your Legal Aid. This might be from your capital, i.e. a one-off payment, or from your income, i.e. a certain amount every month.

If as a result of your case you obtain or retain money or property, then you may have to pay back some or all of your Legal Aid – making it a little like a loan in this respect. This is called the statutory charge. This normally applies in cases such as divorce and finances where parties are contesting houses and money.

Why Choose Cartwright King?

Covering your legal costs requires transparency and clarity when it comes to the payment options available to you. Our fixed fee services and Legal Aid options are designed to ease the financial strain of seeking family-related legal advice when you need it most.

We genuinely care about keeping your costs down, and if things change that will affect the fees, you will be notified immediately and new arrangements can be made. You will incur no additional charges until a further fee arrangement is agreed. Rest assured that we will keep you informed and in control.

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