Guideline 1.10 – FDRS in combined parenting and property disputes

Guideline 1.10 – FDRS in combined parenting and property disputes

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 for a person for family dispute resolution at FDRS in combined parenting and property disputes where:

  1. Guideline 1.2 – FDRS for adults in parenting disputes is met
  2. either or both of the following applies in relation to the property dispute:
    1. one party is seeking to retain the family home (where that party’s equitable interest is $500,000 or less) and the applicant for legal assistance will receive no payment
    2. the matter involves:
      1. a superannuation split
      2. a pool of equity of less than $50,000 (excluding superannuation)
      3. a negative asset pool (ie debt alone).

Fee​s available

For information about fees available for a grant under this guideline, see Fee table 4.1.

Costs where an independent children's lawyer (ICL) is appointed

In matters where an ICL is appointed, parties may be required to contribute to the costs of the ICL. For more information, see Contribution to the cost of representation by an ICL.

Documentary requirements

Applications for assistance under this guideline are within the simplified grants process and are submitted through our online lodgment service, ATLAS. 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.

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 1.10.