Legal Aid is administered by Legal Aid Agency

There are two types of family cases for which legal aid is available:

  1. Family cases for which legal aid is available are means and merits tested, and
  2. Family cases for which evidence of domestic abuse or child abuse is required (again, means and merits tested)

If the case and individual’s circumstances do not fall within the two categories above, then no legal aid is available.

Family cases for which legal aid may be available:
  1. Applications made by the local authority for care orders, supervision orders, child assessment orders and emergency protection or orders.
  2. Applications for contact with a child in care, applications for discharge or variation of care or supervision orders, placement orders, recovery orders, adoption proceedings, wardship proceedings, orders relating to the unlawful removal of children (abduction)
  3. Orders and proceedings in relation to family homes and domestic abuse such as occupation orders, non-molestation orders and forced marriage protection orders.
  4. EU proceedings relating to children and maintenance. Again, the list of proceedings here is given as a guidance and not meant to be a complete list.
Cases such as divorce, disputes between separated parents in relation to children and dispute regarding family finances may attract legal aid providing that the client can:
  1. Pass merits test AND
  2. Evidence financial eligibility to legal aid AND
  3. Produced the required evidence that you (or the child of the family) suffered domestic abuse and the abuser is the opponent in your current legal case.

Financial eligibility can be very quickly checked at eligibility calculator


Domestic abuse eligibility and acceptable evidence can be found at


Please remember that to access Flag DV legal advice clinics you do not need to meet any of the above criteria. However you must be over the age of 18 years and be seeking advice relating to the violent or abusive relationship you have experienced.