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If you or your children are being hurt or frightened by your partner/ ex-partner, you can contact the police at any time. This section tells you about other ways the law can protect you.
Taking legal action
To get protection under the law, you may have to apply to court. The law is quite complex so you should speak to an adviser from East Lothian Women’s Aid or Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). They can tell you more about your rights and how to find a solicitor. They may also be able to accompany you to appointments. Their contact details are in section 12 on sources of help and support.
Finding a solicitor
It is best to find a solicitor who specialises in family law. East Lothian Women’s Aid can tell you about local solicitors whom other women have found helpful. You can also use word of mouth and ask around for recommendations or phone the Law Society on 0131 226 7411. Usually, a first appointment is free but check first to make sure. You may be entitled to Legal Aid for help with legal costs. This is assessed on your income. The solicitor will tell you more about this.
If you need to take urgent legal action, the solicitor can carry emergency work out for you before there is a decision about Legal Aid. Check that the solicitor is prepared to do this.
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