The Helpline is staffed by specially trained Helpline workers who provide information and referrals to all women, and if appropriate, can arrange a free 30 minute appointment with an experienced family law solicitor.
Women who are offered an appointment will have a choice of day or evening, by phone or in person, subject to availability.
Our female solicitors can provide advice on complex family law matters including arrangements for children, separation and divorce, property settlements, child support and child protection.
In providing legal advice and information, we need to collect detailed information about the matter and we need to speak directly to the person the advice concerns.
|We focus our service to those most in need, and prioritise the safety of women and children including:|
|Women experiencing domestic violence|
|Women with disabilities|
|Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women|
|Women who may be at risk of homelessness.|
We are generally unable to offer legal representation, but we can provide you with advice and assistance to represent yourself in court.
Our solicitors can also make referrals to our social work team if there are safety concerns. All advice at Women’s Legal Service is confidential.
Women’s Legal Service welcomes children to the service, but do not allow children into legal or social work appointments. We take all reasonable steps to provide a safe and inviting space for women and children. However, your children’s care remains your responsibility. If you are bringing young children to your appointment, please bring a female support person with you to look after them while you have your appointment.
Generally, we do not permit men to wait in the waiting room or to attend appointments. If you have any questions, please speak to the Helpline worker.