I am totally bewildered how my ex has managed to get legal aid for domestic abuse. I am the polar opposite of abusive (she went on holiday with her ex for a week and I didn't mind etc). Consequently, I am very concerned how open this system is to being exploited. Fortunately I am able to afford legal representation but I am worried about other fathers who might be on the end of an exploited system but cannot afford representation and how this might impact their ability to see their children.
I do not have a criminal record, I am an ex teacher, I now work in higher education, there has never been any police involvement apart from when my ex tried to get me in trouble for harassment after I sent 3 emails asking to see my child. This was clearly a non-starter as the emails were business like.
I am going to stick my neck out here and from what I can see this has to have arisen from a supporting letter from Women's Aid. Any evidence would be formalised hear-say evidence as I am a very mild mannered individual and wouldn't say boo to a goose.
Has anyone else noticed this is happening? If this has happened to me it could happen to 99% of the population as I am very easy going.
Are there any groups I can join or input into? I am very concerned about this. It feels like a travesty of justice.
i can understand completely. when i first went through court system last year, same thing happened to me. never laid a finger on my ex. however her solicitors made legal aid application, citing domestic/emotional abuse nonsense. her solicitor even had the cheek to email me, asking if i agree to postpone the first hearing, to wait for mothers legal aid to come through
it did come through eventually. but then i reported her to legal aid agency for fraud. like you i dont have a police record or anything. legal aid is also income-assesed. I knew she had a big stash of savings in her account. so legal aid agency revoked her aid.
it was a good move, as now she has foolishly pushed me back into going court by breaking order. but atleast now she has to pay for a lawyer, while i just self-represent now.
if you suspect her claim to be fraudulent, you can report it:
Something is clearly going wrong when false allegations of domestic abuse are allowed through. I imagine this could be really detrimental to someone else if their ex knew how to play the system.
I have been through all the documents which are needed as evidence and the only one I can come up with that would be permissible is "a domestic violence support service" god knows how she ended up at Women's aid in order to get such a letter. She had such an easy life. I have a feeling that when you are in the system you are told which hoops you need to jump through.
I can't see how hearsay evidence formalised as a letter of support should suffice as evidence.
I did report her to that agency. Her Solicitor sent my Solicitor her medical evidence which had her address redacted on the first page but not the third. At that point I thought this has just become ridiculous. It was never necessary to redact her address in the first place. Last person I would voluntarily want to see is my ex!
She is on benefits and I am a high earner. She won't have high savings, just a couple of thousand i gave her.