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Policy Bulletin 2018 / 9 (Family Law Policy – domestic violence related changes)

18 Sep 2018

On 4 September 2018, the Legal Aid NSW Board approved changes to the Family Law Policy.

Background

The Legal Aid NSW Domestic and Family Violence Strategy 2016-2018 (the Strategy) sets out guiding principles, objectives and actions to ensure that Legal Aid NSW can deliver high quality, client-centred and holistic services to people who are affected by domestic and family violence,  and in particular victims.

One of the key objectives of the Strategy is to prioritise victims of domestic and family violence in the delivery of Legal Aid NSW services. One of the main actions to achieve this objective was to review the eligibility polices to ensure access to legal assistance to people experiencing domestic or  family violence.

What has changed?

Legal aid family law policies have been amended to make it clear that legal aid is available to people at risk of, or experiencing domestic violence. Changes have been incorporated into:

  • Parenting matters [Policy Online at 5.3 and 5.4]
  • Property matters [Policy Online at 5.6]
  • Child support matters [Policy Online at 5.8], and
  • Divorce matters [Policy Online at 5.9].

Commencement date

The change applies to applications for legal aid determined on or after 17 September 2018.

Contact for further information

Please contact the Client Eligibility Unit for any questions about the change on anna.coffey@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or 9213 5209.