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Arc Legal Assistance (Arc Legal), a leading legal expenses provider, has launched a specialist cover to enable individuals to pursue defaulting maintenance payers. The new product will be offered by Maintenance Assist, a specialist broker offering financial solutions and assistance to families dependent on maintenance payments following divorce.

Arc Legal is providing legal cover to pursue maintenance payment arrears. The cover is part of the New Start Maintenance Protection product which also includes life cover and accident, sickness and unemployment cover to insure maintenance income in the event of the ex-spouse’s death, disability or unemployment through redundancy. Arc Legal’s offering includes access for policyholders to a free legal helpline where qualified Solicitors can give advice on legal issues relating to family matters including divorce, separation or child custody.

Helen Withers, Managing Director at Arc Legal, commented: “While other providers have talked about products in this area, we have focused on delivering solutions.

“We are seeing increased interest in how legal expenses insurance can deliver tangible benefits in the event of divorce and protect the income of families and individuals. Maintenance Assist is the first to market in this emerging sector.

“Our involvement is a perfect example of how Arc Legal’s flexible business model enables us to address new opportunities quickly and effectively with relevant solutions.”

Henry Glasse, Managing Director of Maintenance Assist, said: “The current difficult economic times and the public spending cuts, leading to Legal Aid help being removed from divorce, are leaving those who depend on maintenance extremely vulnerable. Without backup, many parents and their families will face hardship and even destitution following wilful default by the maintenance payer.

“Our New Start package is at the forefront of this area and is already changing and improving the divorce experience in this country. Arc Legal’s innovative approach and their relationships with quality legal providers is a vital part of the solution for our customers. ”

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