Guideline 3.1 – litigation in matters involving international child abduction

Guideline 3.1 – litigation in matters involving international child abduction

Note: The lawyer is not required to assess eligibility under this guideline. Applications are submitted to ATLAS for assessment by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA).

VLA may make a grant of assistance for a person for litigation in international child abduction matters where:

  1. a child has been wrongfully removed to (or kept in) Australia from certain countries, to either:
    1. defend a court application made under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Hague Child Abduction Convention) for the return of a child to a Hague Child Abduction Convention country, and/or to spend time with a child living in Australia
      or
    2. apply to a court under a bilateral agreement in relation to a child who has been wrongfully removed to Australia.

or

  1. a child has been wrongfully removed from Australia to (or kept in) certain countries, to make an application to the court under the Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations 1986 for a declaration that that the removal of a child from Australia to a Hague Child Abduction Convention country is wrongful within the meaning of the Hague Child Abduction Convention
    and
  2. the following threshold tests are met:

Fees ava​ilable

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

Parties in matters where an ICL is appointed 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 not administered via the simplified grants process, but are assessed by us. Lawyers submitting an application in ATLAS must ensure that evidence supporting the application is uploaded to ATLAS with the application.

For more information about grants and applications, and the documentary evidence needed to support the application under each guideline, see the Notes on the Commonwealth family law and child support guidelines.