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My son had mediation with his ex girlfriend which she

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Hi my son had mediation with his ex girlfriend which she refused to attend now it's going to court and we have been advised to get a solicitor my son is on benefits I rang the solicitor that did his mediation and they told me that they can't act for him can he get legal aid for this many thanks
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?
Customer: We paid for an application and court date is 16th June
JA: Family Court normally sits in a local County and Magistrates' Court. Do you know the location of the court? If not, what county do you live in?
Customer: Boston but they said will be done over video call
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Carcass has spoke to both parties and decided my son is not safe to be around his children even though we have had them every other weekend for last 3 years she is claiming a lot of abuse but no proof

Hi, I’m Lea and I will be assisting you with your query today.

I am very sorry to hear about your dilemma, but will do my best to provide you with advice and guidance on what to do next. Unless your son has been the victim of domestic abuse from his ex partner, with evidence to prove that, he is unlikely to be eligible for legal aid. However you can check for him here: www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid

If he is eligible, the website will take his details and someone will call him, or he will be given a number to call to discuss his case initially. Given it is such short notice, even if he is eligible for legal aid, it is unlikely that the certificate would be put in place for 16th June (it can take several weeks), so he may not get representation for the first hearing.

If he is not eligible, which I strongly suspect he won't be given that the ex has made allegations of abuse against him, then you can find a solicitor here: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk

You can try a direct access barrister too, if you wish. See www.directaccessportal.co.uk

I would strongly suggest, because of the allegations against him, that he does have some form of representation, particularly if he is not confident about speaking for himself in court.

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