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Public funding is available in family matters in situations where, for example:
- you or your family are at risk of abuse or serious harm, for example domestic violence or forced marriage
- you’re at risk of homelessness or losing your home
- you’ve been accused of a crime, face prison or detention
- you’re being discriminated against
you may find therefore that if it is a straightforward divorce application where there is applications for division of matrimonial assets you would not be eligible.
additionally, eligibility may be means tested. So, if the court finds that you are able to afford to pay you may find that you would not be eligible.
The Solicitors bill on the face of it does seem high, however, I am unable to comment as I do not know what their hourly rate is and the level of work they may have done for you so far, you may want to see whether they are able to review the existing bill as well as how much you are being charged hourly. Alternatively, you may want to consider instructing a solicitor on a fixed fee basis.
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