Free Legal Advice and Resources

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Free legal advice

Free legal advice is available but demand for one to one free advice usually outstrips supply and is generally more limited than paid advice.

Your choice of provider is also likely to be more restricted.

Citizens Advice, Law centres and the legal charity Lawworks all provide initial advice free of charge.

You can also find free legal advice and apply for a divorce on the .gov website

If you are eligible for legal aid, you will receive help from a solicitor, barrister or both. However, not all solicitors and barristers offer legal aid services.

You don’t have to pay court fees if you are on a low income. This leaflet will help you work out if you qualify for help with fees

Maybe you could also benefit from some mediation to help you discuss how to divide your assets. You can find out more here –

The big society will be the big loser if everyone does not believe that the law is there for them.

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e-guides and tutorials

e-guides and tutorials

Drafted by Nicola Williams Solicitor (read feedback here), these e-guides are an economical way of learning how to manage your own divorce or separation, taking professional advice along the way when you need it.

Professional legal advice


The law society website search tool.

Use this tool to find a solicitor near you. You can filter the area of law you need help with and check how long a solicitor has been practicing.

Divorce solicitor in Manchester

This is an authorised, regulated law firm run by the owner of Online Divorce, specialising in family law.

Resolution (the solicitors family law association)

Resolution is the solicitors family law association. It has its own directory of solicitors who specialise in family law.

Resolution also has some free leaflets on issues relating to children after divorce and separation:


Barristers specialise in courtroom-based work known as advocacy.

You can find a barrister here

Legal advice centres


Manchester university students offering free advice. Website states that it offers help with family law.

University of law

University of law students offering free advice at the following locations.

Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, London, Manchester and Liverpool