People

If you can't afford a lawyer, you can apply for legal aid for Family Court proceedings and family disputes. 

 

To decide whether you can afford a lawyer, Legal Aid Services will consider:

 

  • how much you earn before tax

  • the value of your assets, such as house and car

  • how many financially dependent children you have

  • If you have a partner living with you, their finances will also be considered

 

See more on the New Zealand Government Website 

 

Legal Aid is available to all clients who meet Legal Services financial thresholds.

Current Thresholds (up to 3 Jul 2017) (maximum income) are:

A)   $22846 per year for a single applicant with no dependent children

B)   $36180 per year for an applicant with –

-       a spouse or partner; or

-       1 dependent child

C)   $52027 per year for an applicant with –

-       a spouse or partner and 1 dependent child; or

-       2 dependent children

D)   $59122 per year for an applicant with –

-       a spouse or partner and 2 dependent children; or

-       3 dependent children

E)   $66065 per year for an applicant with –

-       a spouse or partner and 3 dependent children; or

-       4 dependent children

F)   $73853 per year for an applicant with –

-       a spouse or partner; or

-       5 dependent children

G)   More than 5 dependent children add $6832 for each additional child

 Notes:
* a spouse or partner is considered as someone living with you in a domestic relationship
* a dependent child may not be living with you eg; he/she/they be living with someone else