Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

Family Law

 

 

 

The ALS Family Law Practice provides specialist family law services in general family law matters involving children.

Where possible, we seek to encourage resolution of most family law disputes by agreement between the parties.

If necessary, we will represent people on contested hearings subject to a means and merit test.

 

 

The ALS Family Law Practice solicitors can help you by:

Talking with you about what your options are.

Assisting you to find solutions as an alternative to going to court.

Providing referrals to other legal services that may be able to assist you in your area.

Helping you apply for Legal Aid.

Arranging for mediation through Legal Aid subject to Legal Aid guidelines.

Representing you in family matters in court in Parramatta, Sydney and Wollongong (subject to a means and merit test).

 

 


Who can we help?

Come and talk to us if you are a mum, dad, grandparent or another family member worried about what is going on for kids.

 

 

Early action can avoid more serious disputes

Please talk to us soon as possible. It means you will understand the system better and know where you stand.

Bring someone with you to an appointment

When you come and see us, you can bring a family member, a community member or a friend for support.

It is best to get legal advice as early as possible.

We are based in Parramatta, NSW.

We also have regular family law advice days in ALS offices in Redfern and Wollongong, NSW.

Please visit our office or phone 1800 733 233 for information about our advice days.

 

 


What we can’t do

We cannot arrange Legal Aid mediation unless you are entitled to Legal Aid.

We cannot represent you in court unless you are on a low income.

We cannot represent you in court unless the court matter is based in Parramatta, Sydney or Wollongong, NSW.

We cannot represent you if your case is not likely to be successful.

We cannot sign a certificate of independent legal advice.

We do not undertake property settlement cases.

 

 

ALS and Legal Aid

The ALS does not have funding to cover court filing fees, service agents, barristers and expert fees.

When running a court case for you we will help you apply for Legal Aid to cover these costs. If Legal Aid will cover the costs the ALS will represent you in the matter. If you are not eligible for Legal Aid and fall outside their means test but are still on a low income, the ALS may still be able to represent you, conditional on you paying for any court fees, service agents, barristers and expert fees.