Legal aid can be available for divorce proceedings, but it will depend on your circumstances.
In order to qualify for assistance, you will have to show that you meet the financial requirements for civil legal aid in Northern Ireland.
(You can find more information about civil legal aid here.)
Applying for civil legal aid is a slow process – you should be prepared to wait at least 6 months, or even longer, for a decision on your application.
If you are granted legal aid for your divorce, the money you get is subject to what’s known as a “statutory charge”.
This means that if your financial circumstances change as a result of the divorce (for example you get money or property as part of a divorce settlement), you could have to repay the legal aid you received.
If the costs involved with a divorce are posing a problem for you, you should ask a divorce solicitor whether you might be eligible for legal aid.
They will be able to advise you whether or not it is a realistic option for you.