- 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 Guideline 6.1, additional criteria apply in the following circumstances:
Discharge or vary
If the significant change in circumstances has been caused by the person seeking assistance, VLA will consider the circumstances surrounding that change in deciding whether it is appropriate to make a grant of legal assistance.
Where assistance is sought to discharge or vary a spousal maintenance order, unless the matter is urgent, the lawyer should first consider whether a grant for family dispute resolution should be made.
Notes on this guideline
Reviewed 20 April 2023