Legal aid has not been available for most family law cases since April 2013. However, there has been an exception, where there is a background of domestic abuse. Provided that evidence of a particular type can be provided by the legal aid applicant, legal aid is made available for disputes about “custody” and “access” and for divorce cases. Initially, there was a time-limit on the age of the evidence, so that it had to amount to evidence of domestic abuse within the preceding 2 years. That was extended to 5 years. Recently the time-limit has been abolished, so that, if there is evidence of domestic abuse at any point, legal aid can be sought (although it remains means-tested). An information leaflet on our website gives comprehensive information, including details of the types of evidence of domestic abuse that will be accepted by the legal aid authorities. Mark Tattersall, partner at Chivers Walsh Family Law.