A barrier to victims of domestic abuse accessing legal aid has been removed by the Government. Until recently there has been a time limit of five years on the evidence of abuse needed to obtain legal aid. That time limit has now been removed completely so that if you have evidence that you have ever been a victim of domestic abuse you may be entitled to legal aid for related family cases.
The changes were welcomed by the Law Society who have been campaigning to remove the time limits. A spokesperson said, “These changes will help domestic violence victims who have previously been deprived of valuable legal advice, support and representation to access essential family law remedies.”
If you are or have been a victim of domestic abuse and need help with sorting out arrangements for your finances or children give our family department a call: Rebecca at Thorne 01405 813108 or Jean at Goole 01405 720850.