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TABLE: Family Law in CLCs as at March 2008

CLC Information on family law provided? Advice on Family law provided? Assistance with forms? Drafting Affidavits? Mediation Representation
Albury Wodonga Legal Centre Yes Yes Yes. (Assessed on a case by case basis) Yes. (Assessed on a case by case basis) Do not provide mediation but if client granted Legal Aid we can then represent them in mediation/ roundtable dispute resolution. Yes. Only if granted legal aid
Central Coast Legal Centre Yes Yes – basic, only in property, more detailed advice in relation to children's matters Yes – provided its about children No No No
Disability Discrimination Legal Centre No No No No No No
Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre Yes Yes No No No No
Hawkesbury, Nepean Legal Centre Yes Yes No No No No
Hunter community Legal Centre Yes Yes Yes Yes Not at this stage No representation
Illawarra Legal Centre Yes Yes phone advise of general nature No – Only done for Child Support No – Only done for Child Support No – Only done for Child Support No – Only done for Child Support
Inner City Legal Centre Yes Yes Sometimes for particular needy clients No No No
Kingsford Legal Centre Brochures and pamphlets from other legal service providers are provided. Referral list of local solicitors who do family law is also provided. No No No No No
Macarthur Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer Yes
Macquarie Legal Centre Yes Yes Yes – in conjunction with advice Yes No referral to specialists services provided Yes
Marrickville legal centre Yes Yes No No No No
North, North West Community Legal Centre Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre Yes where to get assistance, referrals and brochures provided No except domestic violence No No No No
Redfern Legal Centre Yes Yes preliminary only Usually just legal aid applications Only local court a domestic violence & very limited child protection matters No Only domestic violence in local court
Shoalcoast Legal Centre Inc. Yes yes – basic only in property, more detailed advice in relation to children's matters yes – provided it's about children yes – only in children's matters and only if person is not excluded from guidelines (i.e. not male with advo against them or accused of acts of violence towards women and/or children Yes – in some circumstances – i.e. violence issue and a children's matter yes – where legal aid or priv sol not available and its children and violence is an issue
South West Sydney Legal Centre Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Western NSW Community Legal Centre Yes Yes – but only in relation to children's matters. Advice regarding property only given if children are also involved Yes – but only in relation to children's matters Yes – but only in relation to making Applications for urgent recovery orders with respect to children if Legal Aid NSW cannot do it No No
Women's Legal Services Yes Yes Yes - as minor assistance casework at if appropriate Yes – as minor assistance casework if appropriate Preparation for or representation at mediation – yes in accordance with casework guidelines Yes, in accordance with casework guidelines