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Legal Aid

Legal Aid is government funding to pay for legal help for people who cannot afford a lawyer. It is available for people facing criminal charges, and those with a civil legal problem or family dispute (including family matters) that may go to court, as well as for the Waitangi Tribunal.

Find out more about legal aid

Legal aid for people involved in family disputes

  • Legal aid is government funding to pay for a lawyer for people who cannot afford one, and need one in the interests of justice. Legal aid may be available for people involved in family disputes. Legal aid is not available for dissolution of marriage proceedings.
  • People who get legal aid may have to pay a user charge and repay part or all of their legal aid costs. In this sense it is a bit like a loan. 

Before you apply for legal aid

  • It may be possible to resolve your family legal problems without going to court, either by talking directly to the other person involved or with the help of a counselor or mediator.
  • When parents are separating, lengthy court disputes can be harmful for their children, so it’s worth considering alternatives.
  • To get advice on other options, see Where to get legal help

Getting a family legal aid lawyer

Can I get family legal aid?
  • Whether you can get legal aid will mainly depend on any arrears from a previous legal aid debt, your income and assets, the type of legal dispute you’re involved in, and the merits of your case.
  • Find out more about eligibility for legal aid

Applying for family legal aid

What to expect from your legal aid lawyer

  • Your legal aid lawyer will not charge you for legal aid work completed with the exception of paying a user charge in certain cases. Your lawyer must meet certain standards for their conduct and their work. These standards are set by the Ministry and by the New Zealand Law Society.
  • Find out more about what to expect from your legal aid lawyer

Legal aid user charge

Repaying legal aid

Making a complaint or asking for a review


About us 

Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenTM Trust NZ (GRG) is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Our vision is for a community where grandparents raising grandchildren are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren.

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Te tautoko i nga tupuna, mokopuna me te whanau.
Te awhina ia ratou ki te whakatutuki i nga putanga
pai i roto i to raatau oranga.
Supporting grandparents, grandchildren and whanau
to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.  



Contact us

Member Support 
Outside Auckland Freephone
0800 472 637      

Auckland Landline or Mobile Phone Callers
(09) 418 3753 

National Support Office
9:00am - 2:00pm
09 418 3753

PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0746
New Zealand

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