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I've been in running court battle for 2.5 years with my ex

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Hi there. I've been in long running court battle for 2.5 years with my ex regarding our children. It is possible that this will be going on for at least another 6 months to a year. We are awaiting drug tests at present. My question is I've been fortunate to have legal aid through this process as I'm single mum on uc. If my situation changed and I no longer received uc or a lower amount then this could effect my legal aid. If my uc stopped then would I have to pay the amount (about 10000) that's accumulated over that time or just start paying for solicitor after this happens. I'd never afford to pay this amount. I hope this makes sense
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?
Customer: It's been in family court for 2.5 years
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this yet?
Customer: About my uc and legal aid?
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No thank u

Hello, my name is*****’ve been asked to look at this for you, thank you for your patience.

Please bear in mind as this is an email service and not live chat I may not respond immediately.

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It's possible, if your income goes up, that you may have repay some of the legal aid charges. It would be a payment plan over time though, rather than a demand for a ;ump sum, and it's not likely to be all of it.

This leaflet here hopefully explains more: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/860909/Client_Legal_Aid_Leaflet.pdf

You have to keep the LAA informed of any changes to your income.

I hope this assists in explaining the situation for you.

If you were no longer eligible for legal aid you would either have to represent yourself or fund a solicitor privately.

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