From the 8th January 2018 changes to the previous legislation/law have come into effect with regarding private law family disputes. Previously, there was a time limit on the evidence of abuse, requiring evidence to be provided from only the last five year period. There are also limits as to the nature of the documentary evidence that could be accepted, but this has now been widened and will allow the inclusion of statements from domestic violence support organisations/housing support officers.
These changes have arisen as a result of victim groups continued pressure and a careful review on the criteria for Legal Aid victims in these types of cases.
The changes in the law will hopefully ensure that vulnerable women and children are able to obtain the legal support and their voices can properly be heard in Court proceedings.
Legal Aid is available to people in private family law if they are victims or at risk of becoming victims of domestic violence or child abuse. To qualify, individuals must provide evidence of the abuse as well as financial evidence to meet the financial eligibility criteria. New funding for domestic violence protection has allowed this review to take place.
If you require assistance or advice and support as to whether you would be eligible for Legal Aid in connection with domestic violence matters, please do not hesitate to contact Clarkson Hirst Solicitors, Kerry Davies, on 01524 39760 at our Lancaster office or 01229 820600 at our Barrow In Furness office or 01539 736916 at our Kendal office.
Kerry Davies | Family Solicitor and Director | Clarkson Hirst Solicitors