It was announced by the Ministry of Justice that changes would be made in regards to victims of domestic abuse qualifying for legal aid. As it stands, legal aid is only available to those who can prove they have been subject to domestic abuse within the last five years. Changes will remove the heavily-criticised restriction and gives a larger amount of domestic abuse victims the benefit of legal advice and representation in family court disputes over arrangements and contact with children.
Alongside this, a wider range of evidence proving domestic abuse will also be accepted, namely statements from domestic abuse support groups and housing support officers. This again allows for a clearer access to legal aid, preventing that deprivation of advice and representation that many victims currently face.
The circumstances in any case whether it relates to divorce, separation, children, finances or domestic abuse will always be unique for you. We of course will always assess to see whether you would be eligible for legal aid and in the event that you are not, we offer competitive and affordable rates so that you can get the best advice possible.
To discuss matters further, contact our Dudley office on 01384 255344 or our Bewdley office on 01299 402741.