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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 counsellor or mediator.
  • When children are going into the care of grandparents or whānau/kin carers, lengthy court disputes can be harmful for children, so it is worth considering alternatives.

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, any dependants and debt you may have, and the type of legal dispute you are involved with.
  • Find out more about eligibility for Legal Aid 

What to expect from your Legal Aid lawyer


Repaying Legal Aid

  • People who get Legal Aid may have to repay part or all of their Legal Aid costs. This is case by case, all circumstances are different and are treated as such.
  • Find out more about 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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