Difficult to work out from the rather sketchy news reports how this will impact on family law apart from ‘massively’. More info from the Guardian here and the green paper itself is available in all its 224 page majesty here. I will post again when I have digested it, but headlines appear to be:
- no funding for private law children except where there is d.v., forced marriage or a risk it might ‘go public’
- more stringent means testing
- 10% across the board cuts to lawyers fees
- codification of fixed fees for experts at 10% less than the LSC standard rates
Oh, and in a nice touch, these proposals for cutting the support available to broken families are open for consultation until February 14th. Somehow, I don’t think many of Ken’s Valentine’s will be signed with kisses at the bottom.