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Sorry to hear what has been happening between yourself and your estranged spouse. You did not say why you were not assessed as being eligible for a solicitor via legal aid. I suspect there is something peculiar to your circumstance why you were so assessed. This does not prevent you however seeking to instruct a solicitor privately if you are of the view that you could benefit from legal representation.
While understandably frustrating I cannot say the judge has done anything legally wrong in adjourning the matter to allow for her to settle legal representation if she has made such an application.
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Although you have listed your concerns separately, I believe they all point to the key thing being you having been refused funding. There is no basis based on what you have said why you would have been refused funding particularly if your financial circumstance is the same as mother’s. Moreover if you are the SG in a family case this is a type of matter where legal aid is provided for. I would therefore recommend that you appeal/make a formal complaint about the decision not to award you public funding. It may perhaps be easier for you to approach a solicitor who specializes in this area for the, to apply for public funding and if it is reviewed for the solicitor to then appeal the decision. If you do not wish to take that route then you go directly to the legal aid agency to appeal. You must keep a record of all communication with the company so that if the issue is not resolved and you have to escalate you have a clear account of all attempts to have this resolved. The rules require that you complain to the legal aid agency first prior to escalating it to the Ombudsman. If after complaining it is not resolved then you may escalate to the parliamentary ombudsman.
I do not know why you were excluded from the hearing, that is very unusual particularly again as you are the SG. you should be a part of the hearing. Based on what you have said I really do believe in order to ensure that your interest is properly protected that you would benefit significantly from legal representation.
Unfortunately I cannot personally recommend a solicitor here. What I can do is direct you to the below link. Select the option family and input your post code. It will bring you to a, list of all your local family solicitors. You may check which does work via legal aid.
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Unfortunately I cannot accept personal clients from this site. I did not call either, I do not have your number.
The only other option is to appeal the decision as discussed earlier with you.