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Inside the family courts
Last month the government announced it was planning to remove most Legal Aid from private law cases in the Family Courts. These include matters of divorce, separation, custody and residence for children.
The aim of the change is to push more separating parents to solve their problems through mediation, which is a cheaper, more permanent and less fraught route.
But judges and lawyers within the Family Courts say that many cases will not be resolved that way. They believe difficult complex and entrenched cases will still come to court, but without lawyers.
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Today Programme BBC Radio 4 Friday 03Dec10
'Huge implications' of Family Court changes
There are considerable concerns within the family courts about the government's plans to remove legal aid from private law cases.
Sanchia Berg reports on the possible impact of the changes.