Where to get help

Contributed by Margie Rowe, Anna Theodore, Rosa Grahame and Elinor Knaggs and current to 23 April 2018

Legal Aid ACT

Anyone can seek free help from Legal Aid's duty lawyers:
  • Address: 2 Allsop Street, Canberra ACT 2600;
  • At the Family Courts from 10-3pm each day;
  • At the Magistrates Court, Legal Aid has a Family Violence and Personal Protection Orders Unit from 9-4pm each day - phone 6207 1874 for an appointment or just drop in;
  • In the Legal Aid office at 2 Allsop St Canberra City;
  • By telephoning the Helpline on 1300 654 314;
  • Further assistance may be available to people with family violence and family law matters through Legal Aid's Family Advocacy and Support Service. Duty Lawyers can refer clients to this program;
  • Legal representation for people who qualify for legal assistance. Phone 6243 3411 for further information. Legal Aid application forms are available in the Legal Aid office or at any of the Duty Lawyer services. They are not available online.

The Women's Legal Centre (ACT & Region) provides assistance to women in family law and family violence matters. They also run a specialist clinic for women who wish to divorce and were were married overseas.
Tel: 6257 4377

The ACT Law Society

Provides free 15 minute appointments during lunch hours. Family Law appointments are on Wednesdays and appointments can be made by ringing 6274 0300.

CARE/Consumer Law Centre

CARE (a financial counselling service) and the Consumer Law Centre can assist with financial budgeting and planning and in negotiations with mortgagees and lenders while parties are working out their property settlement.
Tel: 6143 0044.

Private lawyers

There are quite a lot of private law firms and lawyers who specialise in family law. An internet search will give a comprehensive list. Some of these lawyers give free or reduced price first appointments.

Child Support Agency



Family Court Enquiries

Tel: 1300 352 000
More information about contact details and a live chat service are here:

Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Canberra)

The Court has the information and forms required to apply for a divorce, property or parenting orders.
Tel: (02) 6257 1586

Attorney-General's Department

The A-G's Department has information on and for marriage celebrants and the requirements for a valid marriage.
Address: 3-5 National Circuit, Barton ACT
Tel: 1800 550 343

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

DFAT has information about overseas marriages and may be able to assist to locate lawyers specialising in overseas marriage.
Address: Address: R.G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton ACT
Tel: (02) 6261 1111

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

Tel: 6280 0900

Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia provides nationwide assistance to individuals, families and communities when there are relationship difficulties. This organisation also conducts FDR processes. Please contact Relationships Australia for more information.
Tel: 1300 364 277

Conflict Resolution Service

CRS provides further advice regarding mediation and FDR Processes. Please contact CRS for more information.
Address: Level 2 & Level 3 Griffin Centre20 Genge Street, Canberra City ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6190 7100

Tel: 6287 2226

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