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To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact they expect their plans to withdraw legal aid in divorce cases to have on the share of a couple's estate which is recovered by the wife; and whether they expect this share to decrease.
We are still considering the responses to the consultation and have not made any final decisions on policy. However, we did not anticipate our consultation proposals having an impact in terms of reducing the share of a couple's estate recovered by the wife. Indeed, we sought to protect the materially disadvantaged party in divorce proceedings through our proposal to empower the court to make an interim lump sum award to cover the legal costs where one party cannot afford to do so.