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Family law assistance across NSW agencies

Agency Info Advice Assistance with forms FDR
(Family Dispute Resolution)
Drafting Affidavits Representation
Local Courts (Chamber Registrars)        
LawAccess
callers may be referred to an in-house lawyer if they are priority customers, or in other cases if there is capacity

only limited telephone assistance — which form to use, terminology, verbal advice about how to word applications for orders
     
Legal Aid NSW
no means test

can give general assistance with forms as part of minor assistance

can grant aid for FDR subject to eligibility, i.e. means, merit and availability of funds tests

as part of grant of aid for representation

subject to eligibility, i.e. means, merit and availability of funds tests.

Family law duty solicitor schemes operate at all registries of the Family Court to assist unrepresented litigants — they are not subject to eligibility tests
CLCs
most CLCs can provide one-off advice. Womens Legal Services offer statewide phone advice in family law for women

some CLCs provide assistance with forms — check with LawAccess (or refer to attached list)
 
only a limited number of CLCs — check with LawAccess (or refer to attached list)

very limited family law representation only available at a limited number of CLCs — check with LawAccess (or refer to attached list)
ALS
(Family law practice closed from 1 July 08)
         
PILCH
(still considering)
           
Law Society Pro Bono  
need to meet eligibility require-
ments
   
need to meet eligibility requirements

not property, and need to meet eligibility requirements eg have been refused legal aid, has reasonable prospects, means
Bar Legal Assistance Referral Scheme  
need to meet guidelines
     
need to meet guidelines ie have been refused legal aid and means test
Family Court
through website, telephone, email, and at Registries
 
limited to telephone and email assistance
   
Legal Aid family law duty solicitor schemes operate at all registries of the Family Court to assist unrepresented litigants — they are not subject to eligibility tests.

Last updated January 2009 — please email updates to nlaf@lawfoundation.net.au