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How Legal Aid NSW can help you How Legal Aid NSW can help you

Legal Aid NSW provides free legal advice and in some cases legal aid. This brochure outlines the type of help available and range of services.

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COVID-19: Public health orders – what do I need to know? COVID-19: Public health orders – what do I need to know?

The NSW Government has issued public health orders to limit the spread of COVID-19. The orders have been issued under the Public Health Act. The police have powers to give fines to people who don’t follow the new orders. This factsheet tells you what the orders say you must do, what fines you could get and what to do if you get a fine. #WDO

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COVID-19: Understanding COVID-19 restrictions COVID-19: Understanding COVID-19 restrictions

COVID-19 restrictions are in place - which means you must stay home unless you have a resonable excuse. This factsheet outlines what the COVID-19 restrictions are and what the restrictions mean for you.

COVID-19: Family law and school shutdowns COVID-19: Family law and school shutdowns

This factsheet answers questions you might have about school and parenting arrangements such as: If I choose to not send my child to school, can I get into trouble? How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect family law orders in place about school pickups and holiday visits? Who should care for my child during a pandemic if I have to work?

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COVID 19: Telephone Mediation Scheme for Family Dispute Resolution COVID 19: Telephone Mediation Scheme for Family Dispute Resolution

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on separated families in a number of ways. You may be finding that it is difficult or even impossible to follow the usual arrangements you have in place for your children because of the current restrictions. Legal Aid NSW has introduced a mediation process (“the Scheme”) to help parents decide on alternative arrangements that are in the best interests of their children to provide much needed certainty at this difficult time.

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COVID-19: Getting a divorce COVID-19: Getting a divorce

Changes to court processes due to COVID-19 may affect the way you apply for divorce and your divorce hearing. If you plan to apply for a divorce or have applied for divorce and have a hearing date, this factsheet aims to help you understand the changes. This factsheet gives you information about completing a divorce application online at home, how to use the Commonwealth Courts Portal, how divorce hearings have changed, and where you can get help.

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COVID-19: ADVOs - advice for defendants COVID-19: ADVOs - advice for defendants

NSW Courts have changed the usual way they deal with ADVO applications to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19: Having contact with my children when they are in care during the pandemic COVID-19: Having contact with my children when they are in care during the pandemic

This factsheet will help you understand what to do if you have children in care or you have a case with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).

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COVID-19: Guardianship and Mental Health COVID-19: Guardianship and Mental Health

You may be worried or confused about how COVID-19 will affect you and your everyday life. Sometimes a crisis can make legal problems worse or new problems might develop. This factsheet outlines what to do if you are detained in a hospital under the Mental Health Act, and how Legal Aid can help you.

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COVID-19: Housing - Evictions COVID-19: Housing - Evictions

You may be worried or confused about how COVID-19 will affect you and your everyday life. Sometimes a crisis can make legal problems worse or new problems might develop. This factsheet has information about housing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, including eviction, breaking a lease, social housing and homelessness.

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COVID-19: Making parenting arrangements if you and your partner separate COVID-19: Making parenting arrangements if you and your partner separate

The COVID-19 pandemic may make it more difficult to make parenting arrangements if you and your partner separate. The family law courts have made changes to the way they operate. This factsheet outlines what you can do if you or your partner must self-isolate and how to make a parenting plan.

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COVID-19: What courts consider when making orders about children COVID-19: What courts consider when making orders about children

If you have children when you separate, you will need to make parenting arrangements that cover all the things that will be relevant for parenting children. It can be helpful to know what the court will consider important.

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COVID-19: I already have parenting orders: what happens now? COVID-19: I already have parenting orders: what happens now?

The COVID-19 pandemic may mean that existing court orders about care arrangements for children are no longer practical or in the best interests of children.

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COVID-19: Example Parenting Plan COVID-19: Example Parenting Plan

This example parenting plan can be used • if you are making a parenting plan for the first time • if you have court orders

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COVID-19: Changes to family law court processes and tips for representing yourself COVID-19: Changes to family law court processes and tips for representing yourself

The Family Law Courts have made changes to the way they work to stop the spread of COVID-The information in this fact sheet might change as the pandemic continues. It is important you contact the courts directly for the most up to date information.

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COVID-19: Apprehended domestic violence orders COVID-19: Apprehended domestic violence orders

Domestic and family violence can become worse during a crisis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be worried about your safety, or the safety of someone you know. Police can make an application in court for an apprehended domestic violence order (ADVO) to keep you and your children safer.

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COVID-19: Are you worried about domestic and family violence? COVID-19: Are you worried about domestic and family violence?

Domestic and family violence can become worse during a crisis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be worried about your safety, or the safety of someone you know. This factsheet has information about keeping safe during the COVID:19 pandemic.

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