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Can you get legal aid for care proceedings ?

At Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors, we understand that facing accusations of causing physical harm to your child is an incredibly distressing situation. Navigating the legal intricacies of such cases can be daunting, and we are committed to providing clear guidance on the legal support available to you, particularly concerning legal aid.

Care Proceedings

In the event of care proceedings being initiated, any respondent with parental responsibility is automatically entitled to legal aid, irrespective of their financial standing. This entitlement to legal aid is not contingent on the means or merits of the case. This ensures that every parent has the necessary legal representation, regardless of their financial situation or the perceived strength of their case.

Changing Your Legal Representative

Should you find yourself dissatisfied with your current legal representation, it is within your rights to seek a change. Legal aid can be transferred to a new solicitor of your choosing, subject to approval by the Legal Aid Agency. The process for transferring legal aid is designed to be efficient, ensuring minimal disruption to your case.

At Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors, our team is equipped in handling complex care proceedings legal matters. We invite you to discuss the possibility of transferring your case to our experienced team.

Pre-Proceedings Stage

Upon receipt of a ‘letter before proceedings’ from the local authority, parents with parental responsibility are entitled to a preliminary form of legal aid, known as Legal Help Level 2. This facilitates legal advice, engagement with the local authority, and representation at pre-proceedings meetings. Our team at Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors can provide the necessary legal support during this critical stage.

Intervenors and Non-Parental Respondents

For individuals without parental responsibility or those intervening in care proceedings, such as grandparents or partners, legal aid is not automatic. Eligibility for legal aid in these circumstances is determined by a means and merits assessment conducted by the Legal Aid Agency.

Our solicitors can assist in evaluating your eligibility for legal aid and guide you through the application process.

Appeals and Care Order Discharges

Applications for appeals or the discharge of care orders are subject to means and merits assessments by the Legal Aid Agency. Obtaining legal aid for these applications can be challenging, but our team is committed to assessing your situation and exploring all available options for legal support.

At Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and expert legal assistance during these challenging times. Our team is well-versed in the nuances of family law, ensuring that your case is handled with the utmost care and professionalism. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and support.

Please note that the information provided here serves general purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional legal advice.



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