What are these badges for?

You may notice various badges on professionals profiles as you browse the hub. These are here to give you the reassurance that these professionals have undertaken some 3rd party training or accreditation.

If you have a training program or accreditation in the interest of child-centric separation then we would be interested to hear from you.

The hub recognises the following badges:

Legal Aid

Legal aid can help meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal. You’ll usually need to show that: your case is eligible for legal aid, the problem is serious and you can’t afford to pay for legal costs.

You may be eligible for legal aid for the following:

If you or your family are at risk of abuse or serious harm, eg domestic violence or forced marriage; you’re at risk of homelessness or losing your home; you’ve been accused of a crime, face prison or detention; you’re being discriminated against; you need family mediation; you’re adding legal arguments or bringing a case under the Human Rights.

What About Henry

Professionals who have completed the OnlyMums & Dads ‘What About Henry’ training programme with Clinical Child Psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin. Those who have completed this course will have a deeper understanding of child development and the impact of separation and divorce on children.

Complex Financial Remedies

Professionals displaying this symbol demonstrate they have undertaken additional specialist training and are fully conversant with the law in this area.

Domestic Abuse

Professionals displaying this symbol demonstrate they have undertaken additional specialist training and are fully conversant with the law in this area.

The Reduced Fees Scheme

The reduced fees scheme (the scheme) is in place to offer a more affordable legal advice service to people with income of less that £20,000 per annum and under £20,000 of accessible savings.

The hourly rate under this scheme is set at around £125 per hour (plus VAT).

The capital thresholds and hourly rates referred to above are guides. Individual professionals may vary the hourly rate and capital thresholds.  Exact terms will need to be checked with your chosen professional.

While accessible through the Family Separation Support Hub, the Scheme is operated and delivered by individual firms of solicitors. Should you appoint a solicitor, full details will be outlined in your client care / terms of business letter.

Income Eligibility for the Scheme

The scheme is available to those with a total annual income of less than £20,000

“Income” includes wages (self-employed or employed), dividends and/or interest from savings, child benefit, and any working tax credit and child tax credit.

Users of the scheme will be asked to submit their last three bank statements to their solicitor to evidence their monthly income. Legal professionals may request additional evidence to prove eligibility to the scheme.

Capital eligibility for the scheme

The scheme is limited to those individuals with less than £20,000 of available liquid savings.  If a client’s savings in excess of £20,000 are used in legal costs and then reduce to below £20,000 they would then become eligible for the £125 per hour scheme.

If the case is such that the means of an opponent would justify making an application for a legal costs order on the basis of a full private hourly rate, because the assets or income in the control of the other party are substantial, then the scheme will be used on a specifically limited basis to deal with that application.

This limitation will be set out in the client care / terms of business letter to enable the solicitor concerned arguing for a legal costs order for a full hourly rate for the remainder of the case.

Legal professionals may request additional evidence to prove eligibility to the scheme.