Legal aid in divorce cases is often available to people with income below 125 percent of the federal poverty level, victims of domestic abuse and in special circumstances, such as custody cases where children are victims of abuse, according to About.com. Legal aid provides low-cost and no-cost legal services.
To obtain legal aid for a divorce, qualified litigants must contact the legal aid office in their state, explains About.com. If legal aid is granted, the litigant is assigned to an attorney with experience in divorce, child custody or domestic abuse cases, depending on the circumstances.
It is best to apply for legal aid as early in the divorce process as possible, as waiting periods can be long in many instances, advises About.com. Using a lawyer experienced in divorce law within the geographical region where the matter is litigated is critical, as It is important for the lawyer to have relationships with other divorce attorneys that practice in that area and be familiar with the judges who preside over the cases in that jurisdiction.
Legal aid exists to assist people who cannot afford legal representation in civil and criminal cases, About.com notes. Without legal aid, many indigent citizens would face denial of equal justice because of financial barriers.