Legal Aid – Violence – new definition
Broadly, Legal Aid was abolished on 1 April for divorce and family matters. However, a spouse or partner who can prove domestic violence can still get Legal Aid – not just to deal with any allegations of domestic violence, but for every aspect of their divorce / dispute.
There’s a new definition of ‘domestic violence’ to go with the new Legal Aid regime. It’s an extremely broad definition which means, for example, that a single incident of controlling financial behaviour (withdrawing the use of a credit card, perhaps) could be a spouse’s passport to Legal Aid for their whole divorce. Was that really what Parliament intended?
Have a look at the definition and see what you think: