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Below is a list of legal support services, including community legal centres, low cost or free legal advice and support, victim support services and private law firms specialising in family and domestic violence and/or family law. If you cannot find local legal  support services for your area, there is a list of state and national legal support services at the bottom of this page.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) provide information and referral, a low-cost legal advice service on a wide range of issues, and a mediation service.

Their services include:

  • Free information on a wide range of issue
  • Low-cost Legal Advice
  • Low-cost mediation and dispute resolution
  • Free Tax Help (July – October)
  • Assistance with WA NILS (No Interest Loan Scheme) Applications
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Probate Assistance
  • Preparation of Family Court documents
  • Letters of Administration
  • Wills
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Enduring Powers of Guardianship
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Kimberley Community Legal Centre

Tenancy:

  • Making an application for social housing and explaining the ‘priority list’ and the ‘wait turn list’;
  • Making an application to transfer between social housing providers;
  • Understanding your Tenancy Agreement before you sign up;
  • Appealing charges on your account that you don’t agree with;
  • Dealing with complaints from your neighbours;
  • Giving up your house: there are lots of ways that tenancies can end; and
  • Getting your bond back.

Family Violence

If you’re experiencing family violence you can speak to a KCLS lawyer for advice on how to protect yourself and your children. A lawyer can help you to plan for your safety, speak with the Police or apply for or vary a Violence Restraining Order.

Family Law – Children

A lawyer at KCLS can speak to you before you attend Family Dispute Resolution to give you advice on your rights and options before you go to FDR. If you can’t reach an agreement at FDR or your situation is too urgent to wait for FDR, you can speak to a lawyer at KCLS about your options.

Care and Protection

In these situations a lawyer at KCLS can speak to you about how the child protection law works and advise you on your rights. They can also help you to develop plans, speak to CPFS and tell your side of the story. You don’t have to wait until you’re in Court to speak with a lawyer. You can talk to a lawyer at KCLS as soon as you get paperwork from CPFS or are asked to have a meeting with them. It’s usually better to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible, to see if things can be sorted out before Court. If you go to Court we may be able to help you tell your story to the Court and CPFS.

Kimberley Community Legal Centre provides outreach from Kununurra to Wyndham, Warmun, Halls Creek, Bililuna, Mulan and Balgo, Kalumburu and Wyndham.

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Anglicare WA Karratha – Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support Service

The Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support Service provides support and advocacy to adult victims of family and domestic violence, giving them a voice and support with agency referrals and counselling.

The support provided by this service includes:

  • Information about safe accommodation options
  • Referral to other relevant agencies
  • Advocacy on victim’s behalf to other agencies
  • Support with legal and court proceedings
  • Police liaison
  • Education and information about family and domestic violence
  • Emotional support
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Centacare Kalgoorlie – Family Dispute Resolution

Centrecare Family Dispute Resolution focuses on children. They also assist couples and families communicate effectively and reach agreements in relation to the needs of children and/or resolve property matters. Separation can be a difficult time for families, particularly for children. The Family Law requires parents to attempt to resolve issues related to their children through Family Dispute Resolution (or a similar service) before being able to initiate proceedings in the Family Court.

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Legal Aid – Bunbury

Legal Aid WA provides a wide range of services for family law and children’s matters. Services include:

  • Legal representation by lawyers for children and young people in the Family Court and in the Children’s Court
  • Legal representation by lawyers in the Family Court, in child protection proceedings in the Children’s Court, and in defended hearings for family violence restraining orders in the Magistrates’ Court
  • Dispute resolution services within family law and child protection proceedings
  • Assistance to both carers of children and those who have to pay child support
  • Needing legal advice or representation with criminal charges
  • Who have been arrested as a suspect by police
  • Wanting help with an appeal against conviction or sentence
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Albany Community Legal Centre

A Tenant Advocate provides a free service and can give information and support to anyone who lives in a private rental, public housing, community housing or park home.

A Tenant Advocate can help you with:

  • Residential Tenancy Databases (RTDs)
  • Making an application to rent a house
  • Property Condition Reports (PCRs)
  • Maintenance, repairs and rent reduction
  • Lessor or agent’s right of entry
  • Negotiating changes in Rent
  • Department of Housing 3 strikes rules
  • Bond money – and getting it back
  • What to look for before signing a tenancy agreement
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Marshall Family Law

Marshall Family Law will provide sound and practical legal advice and representation in a cost effective and timely manner. Whether you are looking for initial advice, assistance with negotiations or representation in Family Court proceedings, they specialise in a number of areas including:

  • Property: Including negotiated property settlements, consent orders, binding financial agreements, court proceedings (property) and the family court of Western Australia.
  • Children: Including negotiating parenting disputes, court proceedings (children’s issues) and the family court of Western Australia
  • Divorce
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Byrnes Family Law

Byrnes Family Law is a legal firm specialising in the practise of family law, relationship law and divorce law. They provide services in:

  • Family Law
  • Separation
  • Divorce (divorce process & divorce application)
  • De-facto Disputes
  • Children’s Arrangements / Parenting Orders
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Child Support
  • Property Settlements
  • Consent Orders
  • Superannuation
  • Wills & Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Mediation Services
  • Restraining Orders
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Salvation Army – Court Support

Salvation Army chaplains are available to talk you through the court process, and direct you to other helpful services so you can be best prepared for what’s to come.

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Aboriginal Legal Service of WA Albany

ALSWA is currently the largest community based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal organization in Australia. It provides legal aid services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Western Australia in accordance with grant conditions imposed by the Commonwealth Department of the Attorney General. Services include:

Criminal Law: ALSWA criminal law staff make sure the criminal courts know about cultural matters that apply, such as communication styles and tribal punishment.

Family Law: ALSWA family law staff make sure courts that deal with family law and protection issues know about cultural matters that apply, such as communication styles, how children are raised, and the importance of children and family in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Civil Law and Human Rights: ALSWA provides legal advice in a wide range of civil law and human rights matters, including discrimination, compensation for injury, police complaints and wills. ALSWA also assists with enquires about the Stolen Generation and Stolen Wages.

Community Education: ALSWA’s Law and Advocacy Unit is funded to advise Government and mainstream organisations about law and justice issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Western Australia.

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