Monday, 21 April 2014


How much a particular course of action is going to cost and how these costs are going to be met should be high on the agenda at the outset. This has grown in prevalence since the legal aid reforms severely restricted access to legal services.
Parliament has sought to react, and to some extent dilute the impact of the reforms, by introducing, into legislation, the ability for a party to apply for a Legal Services Payment Order under s.22ZA of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. This is an order requiring your spouse to fund your legal costs, usually, and initially, until the Financial Dispute Resolution Hearing (the second hearing where constructive discussions and negotiations are held before a District Judge who will provide an indication to assist you in reaching an agreement)