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There are some situations when it is important to get legal help and advice. Some examples could be if you are getting a divorce and need to sort out finances, if you could lose your home through repossession or eviction, or if either you or your child is in danger or at risk of being harmed.
Legal advice and help should be given by a qualified person who has professional liability insurance, but it can be difficult to know how to find this help.
Some services are free and some will charge. It is important to check this before they give you advice. Public funding for legal costs is known as legal aid. It has become more difficult to get legal aid, and it only covers certain types of legal problem, and you generally need to be on a low income to qualify.
The Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline cannot give legal advice, but this factsheet gives you details organisations that can give legal advice or help you find it.
The agencies that can provide advice and the help to pay for it changes rapidly; this factsheet is correct as of October 2013.
The following sections include information on where you can get help and advice.