Scottish Legal Aid Board - CHILDREN'S ELIGIBILITY ESTIMATOR - helps you work out if you are likely to qualify financially for civil legal aid.
Scottish Legal Aid Board - CHILDREN'S ELIGIBILITY ESTIMATOR - helps you work out if you are likely to qualify financially for civil legal aid.

CHILDREN'S ELIGIBILITY ESTIMATOR - helps you work out if you are likely to qualify financially for children's legal aid.

At each step you MUST read the information in the 'i' buttons.

Step 1

What kind of case do you want to get help with?

For the purposes of the calculator it will be assumed that the person making the claim is an adult.

The letter you have received from SCRA should tell you what type of case this is.
• Section 48 - an application to the sheriff to vary or terminate a child protection order
• Section 98 - an application to the sheriff to extend or vary an interim compulsory supervision order
• Section 99 - an application to the sheriff to further extend or vary an interim compulsory supervision order
• Section 101 - an application to the sheriff to establish grounds under section 101
• Section 110 - an application to the sheriff for review of a grounds determination
• Section 154 - an appeal to the sheriff against a decision of the children's hearing
• Section 160 - an appeal to the sheriff against a relevant person determination
• Section 161 - an appeal to the sheriff against a decision relating to a contact or permanence order
• Section 162 - an appeal to the sheriff against a decision to implement a secure accommodation authorisation
• Section 163 - an appeal to the sheriff principal or the Court of Session against a determination or decision of a sheriff
• Section 163(2) - an appeal to the Court of Session against a decision of the sheriff principal
• Section 164 - an appeal to the sheriff principal or the Court of Session against a decision of a sheriff in an appeal against a relevant person determination
• Section 164(2) - an appeal to the Court of Session against a decision of the sheriff principal
• Section 165 - an appeal to the sheriff principal or the Court of Session against a decision of a sheriff in an appeal relating to a contact or permanence order
• Section 165(2) - an appeal to the court of Session against a decision of the sheriff principal
• Section 166 - an application to the sheriff for review of a decision or determination imposing a duty on a local authority
• Section 167 - an appeal to the sheriff principal against a determination of a review, or the making of an order, by a sheriff

Step 2

About your household situation

Tell us about your situation and any dependants living with you – this is a child or person(s) who has (have) no income of their own.


By ‘partner’, we mean someone you normally live with as a couple, whether you are:
• Married or not
• Of the same or different sex
If you have a partner, you must include their resources in the total figures, unless:
• You are living apart (Based on the definition above, this would be living apart because of special circumstances?)
• They are part of your legal problem You are entitled to an allowance of £40.85 for your partner.

You are entitled to an allowance for each dependant. By a dependant, we mean a child, or person living with you who has no income of their own.
You are entitled to an allowance for each child or other dependant (other than your partner) of £65.62.

Step 3

Do you qualify on capital?

Add up all your capital and that of your partner (unless we do not have to consider their resources - see the help information for step 2). The calculator will work out your allowances using what you told us at step 2 above. (If you are a pensioner, you may qualify even if your capital is more than £7504 – speak to your solicitor about this.)

Examples of capital include:
• the amount you could borrow against all land and buildings you or your partner own (but not including the home that you live in), including interests in timeshares
• money in the bank, building society, Post Office, premium bonds, national savings certificates etc.
• investments, stocks, shares and ISAs
• money that can be borrowed against insurance policies
• the value of any non-essential possessions, such as a boat, a caravan, second car, jewellery (but not wedding or engagement rings), antiques or items bought for investment purposes
• money that is owed to you or your partner
• money due from the will of someone who has died
• money due from a trust fund
• money that can be borrowed against business assets
• redundancy payments.
Do not include:
• the home you live in
• your household furniture and clothing
• tools and equipment you need for work
• the value of any property or item that is the subject of the dispute.
If you are a pensioner, you may qualify even if your capital is more than £7504 – speak to your solicitor about this.



Step 4

Tell us about your weekly income

Please tick the box if you receive any of the benefits listed below - otherwise tell us your weekly income. Depending on your income, you may have to pay a contribution.

If you or your partner receive:
• Income support, or
• Income-based jobseeker’s allowance, or
• Income-based employment and support allowance, or
• Universal credit
You qualify for legal aid – but you need to see if you qualify on capital.

If you receive these benefits, you qualify automatically for Children’s Legal Aid. If you do not get these benefits, work out your net weekly income - this is the total income you and your partner receive in a week. For example, enter your pay less tax and National Insurance contributions if you are employed plus any other income such as interest on savings. Please enter 0 if you do not receive an income or make maintenance payments.


We calculate your income on what you and your spouse or partner, if you have one, have received in the 7 days before been granted Legal Advice and Assistance by your solicitor. You must include (rounded up or down to the nearest pound):

• Earnings after Income tax and National insurance deductions
• Drawings or profits from business
• State benefits
• Maintenance payments you receive from either an individual or through the Child Maintenance Service
• Tax credits
• Statutory sick pay or maternity pay
• Pension payments
• Student grants
• Regular financial support from friends and family
• Income from savings and investments
• Dividends from share
• Income from any other source

If your income is paid monthly multiply the amounts by 12 to calculate the annual figure then divide by 52 to calculate a weekly figure. If your income is paid 4 weekly multiply the amounts by 13 to calculate the annual figure then divide by 52 to calculate a weekly figure.

This is calculated from the number of dependants in section 2.

The amount of weekly disposable income will be calculated and shown once you press "estimate" in step 5 below


Step 5

Tell us about your weekly expenditure

Please enter a value for your total weekly expenditure. Do not include general living expenses such as gas/electricity, clothes, petrol, credit cards, fines, mobile phone bills etc. as a standard allowance is given for these items.


This is the total weekly expenditure for you and your partner. This includes:
• Rent or board and lodgings
• Mortgage
• Council tax
• Loans
• Maintenance
• Child care payments
• Existing contributions
Step 5

Are you likely to qualify?

Press the estimate button to see if you are likely to qualify for children’s legal aid, and information on any contribution you may have to pay.


Remember that this calculator is only a guide as to whether you are likely to be financially eligible. Your solicitor will go through these figures with you if you go ahead with your application, and will be able to tell you if you are eligible. Contact a solicitor who can help you with your legal aid application using our Find a Solicitor page.

Scottish Legal Aid Board - CHILDREN'S ELIGIBILITY ESTIMATOR - helps you work out if you are likely to qualify financially for civil legal aid.
Scottish Legal Aid Board - CHILDREN'S ELIGIBILITY ESTIMATOR - helps you work out if you are likely to qualify financially for civil legal aid.