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    Has anyone used legal aid? I’m eligible due to domestic violence and I’m claiming benefits. I’ve just got the paperwork and it says that if I receive any money in the divorce that I may have to pay a statutory charge. Does anyone know what this is or how much?

    Or would I be better to go down the DIY route and just got some advice splitting our assets (we know roughly want we want to do) and draft the consent order?

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    Hi Carrie,

    Firstly if you both agree with what you both want then I would look at doing the divorce proceedings yourself, it’s not as daunting as it first appears. I did my own divorce myself and have helped friends with theirs without any problems. You may well be eligible to have the court fees waived but it depends on your circumstances.

    Another avenue to look into would be to call the Legal Aid agency’s customer services department on 0300 200 2020.

    There is also an online Civil Legal Aid calculator that might help.

    Have you thought about giving the gingerbread team a ring, they may well be able to signpost you.


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