Family Law
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If you do not have the means to pay privately for a lawyer you may qualify for legal aid. You will need to apply to the Legal Services Agency for a legal aid grant using the appropriate form.

We can assist you with these forms or you can find them here. Both Leesa Speed and Katherine Dyer are approved by the Legal Services Agency as Lead Providers for Family legal aid. Emma Sherratt has legal aid supervised provider approval.

To decide whether to grant you legal aid, the Legal Services Agency 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 here.

Legal Aid is available to all clients who meet Legal Services financial thresholds. Current Thresholds (as from 02 July 2018) (maximum income) are:

  • $23,820 per year for a single applicant with no dependent children
  • $37,772 per year for an applicant with:
    - a spouse or partner; or
    - 1 dependent child
  • $54,245 per year for an applicant with:
    - a spouse or partner and 1 dependent child; or
    - 2 dependent children
  • $61,642 per year for an applicant with:
    - a spouse or partner and 2 dependent children; or
    - 3 dependent children
  • $68,882 per year for an applicant with:
    - a spouse or partner and 3 dependent children; or
    - 4 dependent children
  • $77,002 per year for an applicant with:
    - a spouse or partner; or
    - 5 dependent children
  • More than 5 dependent children add $7,124 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.
    You will need to provide proof of your income with your legal aid application.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more.

Leesa specialises in family law including relationship property, family protection claims, parenting, relocation, and care and protection of children.