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Legal aid is very hard to come by, unless you are a victim of a domestically abusive relationship, which from your summary does not appear to be the case?
Are you seeking advice on divorce or contact with your child?
I understand. Roughly what do you earn annually in your current role? Unless you are classed as a high earner, spousal maintenance is nonsense and the courts won't entertain it.
The solicitor is also not allowed to refuse to communicate with you directly. Oftentimes one party is not represented in child/ divorce matters - and the other side's solicitor has to correspond directly with them. A refusal to do so unless you are represented is not allowed and is a matter of conduct that should be reported to the solicitor's regulation authority if they continue with this tactic.
Child maintenance is payable as a legal requirement, at 12% of your weekly income for one child, 16% for two children and 19% for three or more. You can arrange amicably or the child maintenance service can be involved.
Contact should be permitted and there has to be flexibility. It's understood by the family court that it is in best interests of the child and that with working parents arrangements do have to fit around that commitment too.
Are there allegations of domestic abuse at all? If not, why are you not permitted to contact your wife directly?
Has family mediation been suggested to try and agree child arrangements?
Thank you. You won't be asked to pay spousal maintenance, I can confirm that.
There's no legal reason you can't contact your wife - no court order in place and you have done nothing wrong.
The law society website has a link for finding a solicitor here: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/
It may be possible to pay in instalments, yes. Individual firms will discuss with you.
I hope this helps.
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