Guardian readers discuss the high social cost of austerity being imposed on the UK’s legal process

It is certainly true that many people are being deprived of access to justice following the legal aid cuts (Legal aid cuts force parents to drop fight for children, 27 December). Many parents who cannot possibly afford solicitors’ fees are faced with the possibility of losing their children or financial rights on divorce, or the incredibly daunting prospect of representing themselves in an archaic justice system that is not designed with them in mind.

Every day we hear from litigants in person who try to muster the energy, strength and resources for the latter. We at Advicenow provide step-by-step guides, films and tools to try to help people going to court without the help of a lawyer as much as we can, but obviously writing “simple” guides to an incredibly complex system is a mammoth challenge.

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