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2. Family law matters

2.12. Significant disadvantage

In making a decision about whether the applicant or child is at ‘significant disadvantage', Legal Aid NSW may take into account any one or more of the following criteria:

  • there are allegations of abuse or family violence
  • the applicant has an intellectual, psychiatric, physical disability or a serious medical problem – the applicant may be asked to provide Legal Aid with a letter from the applicant's General Practitioner confirming the disability or serious medical problem
  • the applicant has been denied any relationship with his or her child/children for a period of at least 3 months but not exceeding 3 years
  • there are allegations that the child/children are at risk of harm
  • the applicant has a language or literacy problem which impacts upon his/her capacity to self represent, or
  • the child/children are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander as defined under s4 of the Family Law Act 1975.




Date Last Published: 01/09/2010