Family law property pilot very close to cap

Family law property pilot very close to cap

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Our pilot program to help separating couples use legally assisted mediation to divide up their property is very close to reaching its cap, and will soon close to new applications.

The Commonwealth Government has funded Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) to co-ordinate legal assistance for up to 100 separating couples as part of the family law property pilot.

‘We have experienced another surge in applications since we recently advised that around half of the total number of grants had been approved,’ said Nicole Rich, Executive Director of Family, Youth and Children’s Law.

‘We’re really pleased that practitioners have heeded the call to submit applications in a timely way, and we will need to close the pilot program to new applications in the next few days.’

The pilot program provides a grant for our Family Dispute Resolution Service, and litigation in the family law courts if necessary, for couples with a small amount of assets or debts to divide.

‘Once the program’s cap is reached and the guideline is suspended, existing grants will remain in place, and you can still submit extension requests if litigation is necessary,’ said Nicole.

More information

For information about applying for grants please contact Assignments – family law on

For more information about the family law property pilot please contact Samantha Watson, Manager, Family Law Review on


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