- 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 maintenance matters is most commonly granted to one or both of the parents of the child. Where the person is not a parent of the , the lawyer must also be satisfied that the person meets the requirements in the .
Disch arge or vary orders
If the significant change in circumstances has been caused by the applicant, VLA will consider the circumstances surrounding that change in deciding whether it is appropriate to make a grant of legal assistance to the applicant.
Fees a vailable
Notes on the guideline
Reviewed 19 April 2023