This is a good illustration of the enormous strain that legal aid cuts have put on the courts system, and on the family courts in particular.
It's now estimated that around two thirds of all cases in the family courts involve at least one party with no legal representation, which puts a lot of pressure on court time and resources.
The Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, has suggested that lawyers take on more pro bono work, and is now said to be considering a compulsory minimum. However, it's impossible to see how this could even begin to compensate for the withdrawal of legal aid funding and court budget cuts.
Demand for free help almost doubles since cuts to legal aid