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"AussieLegal is Australia's leading provider of online paralegal services and do-it-yourself legal kits. We also have an extensive collection of legal articles provided by participating law firms, and Australia's largest public legal forum which allows members of the public to ask questions, discuss their legal issues and share their legal experiences."
AussieLegal has a select number of legal kits and services that can save you money.
Selecting the right law firm can save you money and ensure that you get the right outcome. AussieLegal can help you find a law firm experienced in the area of law you need in a convenient location.
AussieLegal has free information on a wide range of legal topics, all provided by leading Australian law firms. The articles can help you understand your rights and obligations, and decide if you need to consult a lawyer. Just click on a topic from the list on the left.
CommLaw - Commonwealth Law
Incorporating the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI)
ComLaw is the legal information retrieval system owned by the Australian Attorney-General's Department. ComLaw is an integral part of the Australian Law Online initiative to bring low or no-cost access to the law for the community.
ComLaw has the most complete and up-to-date collection of Commonwealth legislation and includes notices from the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette from 1 October 2012.
EnCOURAGEment For Men
Based in Victoria, Jodie offers a cost-effective para-legal service to men around Australia to prepare them for their day in Court:
•Successfully develop and type Affidavits and court applications.
•Prepare and type parenting plans.
•Accurately transcribe recorded material.
•Offer a service for all Self-Representative Litigants.
•Preparation for family report and court hearings.
•Finding you a Lawyer that suits you.
•Offer counselling and support.
•Direct you to support services that will best suit your needs.
Homepage of the Family Court of Australia web site.
The Family Court of Australia, through its specialist judges and staff, assists Australians to resolve their most complex legal family disputes. The Family Court is a superior court of record established by Parliament in 1975 under Chapter 3 of the Constitution. It commenced operations on 5 January 1976 and consists of a Chief Justice, a Deputy Chief Justice and other judges. The Court maintains registries in all Australian states and territories except Western Australia. The Court’s goal is to deliver excellence in service for children, families and parties through effective judicial and non-judicial processes and high-quality and timely judgments while respecting the needs of separating families.
Family Law Cases
Family Law Network Australia
Family Law Network Australia (FLNA) was established as a free information resource and referral service in the event of needing assistance with family law issues such as separation and divorce. Family Law Network Australia provides information of a general nature only and does not constitute legal advice or replace the services of a family law lawyer.
We aim to make Family Law Network Australia your first point of call and the one stop shop for all things family law. We will connect you with the right professional to help you and your family resolve your family law and divorce issues. Organisations and professionals featured on Family Law Network Australia as our VIP service providers have been handpicked and we recommend that you use their services. We selected them for the top-quality skills, service and value they provide to clients in their area of family law expertise.
On Family Law Network Australia you will find information regarding the following family law matters:-
- Separation and Divorce;
- Parental Responsibility;
- Property Settlement;
- Your Financial Future; and
- Child Support
If you would like to obtain legal advice in relation to any family law or divorce issues, attend mediation or obtain independant financial advice contact a Family Law Network Australia VIP service provider located on our Find a Family Lawyer or Find a Mediator maps or Your Financial Future page. When family law matters arise they are often emotionally draining and stressful times for everyone involved. If you are faced with a family law issue it is best to seek professional family law legal advice as soon as possible about your family circumstances and the best way to proceed to resolve matters as quickly and amicably as practicable. As no two cases are alike it is essential to obtain independent family law legal advice specific to your circumstances.
Family Law Section
The Family Law Section (FLS) of the Law Council of Australia is the professional association for practising family lawyers in Australia. Its membership consists of more than 2,000 family law practitioners, from all Australian States and territories.
Family Law and You is designed to provide visitors to this site who are contemplating separation or divorce with an overview of how family law works in Australia. It is not intended to provide you with legal advice.
Legal advice should be sought from a lawyer.
The information provided applies to people who are legally married.
The law relating to people in defacto relationships, or same sex relationships, varies from State to State. For links to the various state Law Societies click here.
The Family Law Act is administered by the Family Court of Australia, the Family Court of Western Australia (for West Australian residents) and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
Family Law Web Guide
We are a non-profit, non-political, non-denominational, self-help organisation working together towards a sensible family law reform in order to assist people with Family Law matters. We are an affiliate of The Shared Parenting Council of Australia.
Law Term Finder
This LawTermFinder homepage gives access to an online termbank of words and phrases frequently used in Australian Family Law. Its compilation is a joint project between the Attorney General's Department and Macquarie University's TermFinder group, in the Centre for Language Sciences. Legal consultants to the project are from Macquarie Law School, the ANU College of Law, and a specialist family law practice in Sydney, Dettmann Longworth Lawyers.
The termbank's pages give you accessible definitions of terms used in family law and in mediation services, as well as examples of each term in use. Where possible, diagrams are shown of clusters of terms whose meanings are interconnected. There are linked audio-recordings of the definitions, and links to legal documents for those seeking more information. Translations into Arabic, Simplified and Traditional Chinese are provided for every term for the headword, definition, and some other elements. Click here for more information on using the termbank.
The Law Handbook Online is a practical guide to the law in Victoria in the form of a comprehensive, plain english, web-based legal resource.
The Law Handbook Online features thorough legislation and case indexes that are cross-referenced with dynamic pop-up boxes advising of the latest law changes and updates. It also features a handy search function to an extensive database of addresses and contact details to relevant legal and non-legal services. Also included is a glossary of legal terms with roll over definitions.
The McKenzie Friends is a new service that provides court / tribunal support and trial consulting for people in the courts and government organisations. They specialize in helping people who are representing themselves.
Access to justice is an important part of our Australian legal system. Legal Aid NSW and Community Legal Centres play an integral part in assisting those requiring financial assistance to access the legal system.
At Metta Legal, we play our part by providing quality legal assistance and advocacy to clients referred to us from Legal Aid NSW and Community Legal Centres. Of course, we also accept work from the general public directly, and assist them with their application to Legal Aid.
To be eligible for legal aid, you must meet the following criteria set out by Legal Aid:
- Means test: your income and assets must be below an amount set by Legal Aid. To assess whether you meet the means test, use the Means Test Indicator available on the Legal Aid website;
- Merits test: your case must have a likelihood of success and funding from Legal Aid needs to be justified to achieve the desired outcome; and
- Legal Aid policy guidelines: these are available for viewing on the Legal Aid website.
If you wish to apply for Legal Aid, or wish to discuss about your eligibility, you can contact our office for a free consultation. As part of our commitment to allowing greater access to justice, there is no charge for us to complete this application form for you. We will also submit all completed applications electronically from our system online, so you can ensure your application will be received by Legal Aid.
National Pro Bono Resource Centre
An independent organisation that supports and promotes pro bono legal services in Australia.
The Centre opened its doors at UNSW in August 2002. Its establishment was recommended by the National Pro Bono Task Force to the Commonwealth Attorney-General in its report dated 14 June 2001. The Centre is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with a Board and Advisory Council.
The Centre is an independent, non profit organisation that aims to:
encourage pro bono legal services, support lawyers and law firms to make it easier for them to provide high quality pro bono legal services, and work with the profession and the community sector to match services with the clients and groups most in need of assistance.