More family cuts

Funding for specialist advisers providing support in severe cases of family breakdown has been cut, in moves announced last month by the Ministry of Justice and Legal Services Commission. Lucy Theis QC, Chairman of the Family Law Bar Association, warned of two-fold risks: “These cuts will result in the inability of wives to secure proper financial provision from a husband determined to hide assets…The Government is making this area of practice less attractive for prospective barristers…This will deny vulnerable families and children effective access to justice.”