Domestic Violence Evidence Requirement Removed

Five Year Time Limit Removed

The Ministry of Justice confirmed that, after reviewing current evidence arrangements for accessing legal aid in private family cases, the current five-year, time limit will be removed completely.

The types of evidence that can be accepted will also be 'significantly broadened'.  In future, the ministry says evidence will be accepted from domestic violence support organisations, removing difficulties faced by victims in acquiring evidence.

The news was welcomed by campaigners who, with the support of Chancery Lane, fought rules introduced in April 2013 that required victims of domestic violence to provide a prescribed form of evidence to apply for family law legal aid.

If you think that you could now be eligible for legal aid or if you would like to seek advice in relation to divorce, children or domestic violence, our team of legal experts would be happy to help and can be contacted on 01392 258451.

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