Family Law / Legal Aid

About Our Family Law Service

The need to provide access to justice for all members of the community is a core principle of the Linwood Law team. With this in mind, a new Legal Aid Family Law service was launched in February 2017.

Legal Aid is Government funding for legal help where the client cannot afford to pay. Affordability is based on a formula assessment and your eligibility will depend on a combination of your income and assets. Some clients will be required to pay back their grant of aid to the Ministry of Justice but this is assessed on a case by case basis and again is dependent on your income and assets. To see if you might be eligible visit the Ministry of Justice website.

If you are not sure, call Linwood Law and ask for a referral to the Legal Aid team who can help you with the application process.

The services offered by the Legal Aid team include all family law matters – paternity, parenting orders, guardianship, custody matters where the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, (“MVCOT”) have become involved with families and family violence (protection orders). Where necessary the Legal Aid team can work in with the other teams at Linwood Law to provide a wrap-around service for our clients. We also have a working relationship with a diverse range of social services and support providers.

specialist team members

Letitia Hay

Senior Associate

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Aaron Gunstone


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Katie Keenam
Katie Keenan

Senior Solicitor

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