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The cuts to legal aid are going to mean 200,000 per year are going to struggle to get appropriate legal advice

Divorce-Online are re- launching an online advice forum for people facing divorce and separation in advance of the legal aid changes due to come in to force on April 1st whereby hundreds of thousands of people with family law issues will no longer have their cases funded by the state.

The advice forums will be free to use and will be staffed by Solicitors, Financial advisers, Mckenzie friend services, mediators, life coaches and other professionals and will enable people seeking advice to get free legal advice and other forms of advice related to their situation and also to interact with other users to share advice and experiences.

The cuts to legal aid are going to mean 200,000 per year are going to struggle to get appropriate legal advice and with advice services such as Citizens Advice and law centres also facing cuts to funding, these people are going to be looking for free sources of advice to be able to make decisions about their circumstances and Divorce-Online believe they are best placed to deliver this because of the reach and scale of the website compared to other online services in the marketplace.

Divorce-Online will also be launching new legal service packages in the family law arena to help clients with contact and residence disputes and financial proceedings to enable consumers to get the documents they need prepared, obtain legal and procedural advice and get representation at court.

Divorce-Online is one of the largest divorce related websites in the UK and receives between 30-50,000 visitors a month looking for information and advice on family law issues. The service is now 14 years old and has been providing uncontested online divorce services in the UK for that period, so have the experience in providing packaged legal advice and services.

Mark Keenan, the Managing Director of the company said, ”We feel that the legal services market is changing at an alarming pace, but the services and information available to the general public has not kept up with the change, and we are therefore designing additional services in conjunction with far sighted solicitors and other legal professionals to help people get access to legal redress without bankrupting them.”

“We have anecdotal evidence from a number of firms that they are not putting anything in place for the loss of legal aid and are relying on fee earners with low charge out rates to still be retained by people who previously would have been eligible for legal aid."

"This is not how the new world will operate in 5 weeks time as people on low incomes or benefits will not be able to afford to pay these hourly rates, they need to budget. The hourly rate model is all but dead in respect to private family law cases and you have to design services to meet the needs of the client and not the model of the firm and that is what we intend to do.”

Note for editors:

Legal aid for private family law cases will cease on April 1st 2013. An estimated 220,000 people per year will no longer be able to get legal aid for divorce, financial cases and children disputes unless domestic violence has been proved to have taken place.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Mark Keenan
T.01793 600751
e.mark.keenan@divorce-online.co.uk
w. http://www.divorce-online.co.uk

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