Victoria Legal Aid Handbook for Lawyers

Guideline 9.1 – Family Dispute Resolution Services in family law property disputes

Note: This guideline must be read in conjunction with Guideline 9.

Before applying for a grant of assistance for a person to attend Victoria Legal Aid's (VLA’s) Family Dispute Resolution Service (FDRS), lawyers should read the following important information about FDRS.

VLA may make a grant of assistance to a person for family dispute resolution at FDRS in family law property disputes where the estimated total net property pool is $500,000 or less (or where the person applying for assistance’s estimated total net claim is $250,000 or less), excluding superannuation. This includes property pools consisting of only debts or of only superannuation.

Documentary requirements

Lawyers submitting an application must ensure that evidence supporting the application is kept on the file. Lawyers are also encouraged to complete a Family law worksheet and a Proof of means worksheet for their file, available on the Invoice, forms and worksheets page.

Fees available

For information about fees available for a grant under this guideline, see Fee table 4.4.

Notes on this guideline

For commentary and examples on the eligibility criteria, grants assessment process, documentary requirements and fees and billing relevant to this guideline see the Notes on guideline 9.1.

Reviewed 08 August 2023

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