1. Minors are always entitled to free assistance from a lawyer.
2. Certain people are automatically 'assumed' that they have insufficient income to pay a lawyer.
This mainly concerns:
3. People who do not belong to one of these categories must prove that they have insufficient income to pay a lawyer.
Not only your own income is taken into account, but also the income of all adult people you live with (read: are domiciled at the same address). Obviously, the income of a (former) partner from whom you wish to divorce is not taken into account.
At the moment, the following scales apply:
For example: you live with your partner, one adult child and one minor child. The total family income (of you, your partner and your adult child) may not exceed (2.007 + 328,17 + 328,17 + 328,17 =) 2.991,51 euros in order to be admitted to pro deo assistance.
If you think you qualify for pro deo assistance, you should proceed as follows:
We will forward your application, together with the documents provided, to the 'Bureau for Legal Aid'. They will decide whether you're eligible or not.
If the documents are complete, a decision can be made within a few days. If additional information is required, we will let you know.
As soon as the application has been approved, we will inform you and invite you for an appointment at the office.
Sometimes the legal assistance will only be 'partially' free of charge. This means that you have to pay a one-off contribution with a minimum of 25 euros and a maximum of 125 euros.
Please note: admission to pro deo assistance is always 'per case'.
Suppose you were admitted to pro deo assistance for a divorce procedure, then you will not automatically be admitted to deo assistance for a case before the police court. For the latter, you will have to file a new application.