Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may make a grant of assistance to an adult for advice and negotiation in disputes relating to child support where:
- the person has sought and is unable to obtain assistance from our or a community legal centre
- the person does not have an existing grant of assistance relating to the current dispute
- the lawyer considers that the dispute may be resolved through advice, negotiation and exchange of letters
- the following threshold tests are met:
Other mandatory requirements
As well as the requirements set out in this guideline, an additional criterion applies in the following circumstances:
Where a person is not a parent of the child
Legal assistance in child support matters is most commonly granted to one or both of the parents of the . Where the person is not a parent of the child, the lawyer must also be satisfied that the person meets the requirements in the .
Applications for assistance under this guideline are within the and are submitted through our online lodgement service . Lawyers submitting an application must ensure that evidence supporting the application is kept on the file.
Notes on this guideline
Reviewed 20 February 2022