Fact #9 – You can still get legal aid if you’ve breached a family violence intervention order

Fact #9 – You can still get legal aid if you’ve breached a family violence intervention order

Thursday, 13 July 2017

We are providing a series of facts about family law legal aid. Fact #9 – You can still get legal aid if you’ve breached a family violence intervention order.

Until 30 October 2015, you couldn’t get legal aid for family law if you had breached a family violence safety notice or intervention order in the last 12 months. This has changed. The rule was removed to help protect the safety of victims of violence in legal proceedings.

However, you can’t get legal aid if you have breached a federal family court order in the 12 months before you apply for legal aid (see the contravention test). This is because we think if you are getting legal aid for family law issues, you should be complying with any family law orders in your case.

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Find out more about changes to legal aid guidelines.

Read our other facts about family law.