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 Can I get legal aid? (animated video) Can I get legal aid? (animated video)

Do you have questions about grants of legal aid? Watch our new animated video to find out more.

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 How can Legal Aid NSW help me? (animated video) How can Legal Aid NSW help me? (animated video)

Legal Aid NSW can help in lots of ways. Watch our new animated video to find out how.

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2019 Publications Catalogue 2019 Publications Catalogue

A catalogue of free Legal Aid NSW online and print publications.

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Advice about your visa if you've been hurt or harmed by your partner Advice about your visa if you've been hurt or harmed by your partner

This flyer provides information on where to get advice about spouse visas if you've been hurt or harmed by your partner.

Are there court proceedings for the adoption of your child? Are there court proceedings for the adoption of your child?

For birth parents who want to know what rights and options they have when there is a court order for their children to be adopted. The Legal Aid NSW Early Intervention Unit can help.

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Are there plans for your child to be adopted? Are there plans for your child to be adopted?

If FACS are talking to you about adoption of your children, the Early Intervention Unit can help you know what rights and options you have.

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Being a guardian for a child or young person - Facts for carers Being a guardian for a child or young person - Facts for carers

This brochure explains what to do if you want to become a guardian for a child or young person in your care, including information about FACS requirements, the suitability assessment and support payments.

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Best for Kids (Flyer) Best for Kids (Flyer)

These flyers tell people where to find the Best for Kids website and the social media sites.

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Best for Kids Poster Best for Kids Poster

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Best for Kids video - Care & Protection - Ryan's Story Best for Kids video - Care & Protection - Ryan's Story

Care and Protection. This video videos explains the role of the lawyer for Aboriginal children.

Best for Kids video - Day to Day Legal Problems Best for Kids video - Day to Day Legal Problems

Day-to-day life can throw up a lot of legal problems, and cause you heaps of stress. Dramas with your job, Centrelink or bills can feel like they are taking over your life. Even if you think you do not need legal help, sometimes seeing a lawyer can make a difference.

Best for Kids video - Getting help if you or your family are at risk: Family and domestic violence Best for Kids video - Getting help if you or your family are at risk: Family and domestic violence

The following video drama introduces Ben and Jess and the impact that family and domestic violence has on them and their family. It shows the many forms that violence can take within a family and focuses on how you can access help, support and legal advice if your safety is at risk. For Parents.

Best for kids video - I know my rights I think Best for kids video - I know my rights I think

Sometimes getting into trouble can be easy. But getting out of trouble, well that's a bit more challenging. You might get into trouble with the police. What you do each step of the way can make all the difference to how things go down. Watch Cody and Sean's story to find out more.

Best for Kids video - Independent Children's Lawyers - For Parents Best for Kids video - Independent Children's Lawyers - For Parents

Sometimes when parents cannot agree, the Family Courts will appoint a lawyer for the kids called the Independent Children's Lawyer. The featured video explains the role of the Independent Children's Lawyer in more detail.

Best for Kids video - Me and my lawyer - Care and Protection - Kevin's Story Best for Kids video - Me and my lawyer - Care and Protection - Kevin's Story

This video explains the role of the lawyer for children over the age of 12

Best for Kids video - Parenting after Separation Best for Kids video - Parenting after Separation

The first video looks at issues about sharing care of the children after separation and the rights of children to a safe parenting environment and to having a good relationship with both parents.

Best for Kids video - Parents That Fight Best for Kids video - Parents That Fight

The following videos help explain how mediation can assist to resolve family law disputes.

Best for Kids video - Property and Money - Ways to settle your finances Best for Kids video - Property and Money - Ways to settle your finances

This video explains what you should know about your property and financial matters after you separate. This includes what you can expect from a property settlement, as well as what preparations you can do to make dividing your property less stressful.

Best for Kids video - Separation and Divorce: Parenting in Rural and Regional Families Best for Kids video - Separation and Divorce: Parenting in Rural and Regional Families

If you live in a rural or remote area, spending time with your children after a separation or divorce can be a challenge. This video looks at ways to access help and services when you live in a rural or remote area, as well as handy tips and ideas on ways to deal with separation.

Best for Kids video - Using Mediation Best for Kids video - Using Mediation

The following video helps explain how mediation can assist to resolve family law disputes.

Best For Kids video - What you need to know about an AVO Best For Kids video - What you need to know about an AVO

When there is an AVO against someone in your family it can get confusing, and you might have lots of questions - this video provides some of the answers. For kids.

Best for Kids video - What's happening with my family? Best for Kids video - What's happening with my family?

Care and protection. This video explains the role of the lawyer for children under the age of 12.

Best for Kids website Best for Kids website

The Best for Kids website was updated in 2015 with exciting new content - including 6 videos for children and young people, interactive brochures and an expansion of legal topics to include family violence, kids in care and relevant civil and criminal law issues for parents and children.

Caring for kids in Aboriginal families Caring for kids in Aboriginal families

This brochure is for Aboriginal grandparents, aunties, uncles and other relatives involved in looking after young children. Legal Aid NSW can help you with family law (divorce, separation, mediation, kids) and care and protection law (protecting kids from neglect or abuse).

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Child Support Factsheet 1: Taking action to get child support Child Support Factsheet 1: Taking action to get child support

How to lodge an application fora child support assessment with DHS, and apply for a child support parentage declaration.

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Child Support Factsheet 2: Taking action to dispute paternity Child Support Factsheet 2: Taking action to dispute paternity

This factsheet outlines what you can do if you don't think that you are the father of the child.

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Child Support Factsheet 3: Applying for leave to change your assessment Child Support Factsheet 3: Applying for leave to change your assessment

If you have special circumstances that make your child support assessment unfair, you may be able to apply to the Dept of Human Services for a 'Change of Assessment'.

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Child Support Factsheet 4: Applying for a stay order Child Support Factsheet 4: Applying for a stay order

This factsheet provides information about obtaining a stay order, which is a temporary court order which suspends or reduces child support while a decision is made about a child support application.

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Child Support Factsheet 5: Going to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Child Support Factsheet 5: Going to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

This fact sheet explains the steps you can take if you disagree with a child support decision made by the Department of Human Services: Child Support. The Child Support Service of Legal Aid NSW can give you advice about the AAT and how to appeal.

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Child Support Service - a service for people with child support problems Child Support Service - a service for people with child support problems

This brochure explains how Legal Aid NSW's Child Support Service can help both paying and carer parents with child support matters.

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: 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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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: Child support and family payments COVID-19: Child support and family payments

If care arrangements for your child change or your income changes because of COVID-19, this could affect your child support assessment and family tax benefit payments. This factsheet is part of a series from Legal Aid NSW that aims to help answer your questions about COVID-19 and family law.

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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: 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: Financial stress and separating families COVID-19: Financial stress and separating families

Separation can be a time of financial stress for many families, and many people have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This factsheet offers tips for dealing with financial stress.

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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: 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: 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: It's not safe for me to stay at home - what should I do? COVID-19: It's not safe for me to stay at home - what should I do?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be harder for you to find a time when it is safe to leave your home because of family and domestic violence. This factsheet provides information about things you should consider when making a plan to leave.

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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: Mediation by telephone COVID-19: Mediation by telephone

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been changes in the way family law courts operate. These changes mean that the courts will only hear urgent applications in the coming months. The pandemic might also mean that parents who have previously made arrangements for their children are unsure how the arrangements will work now. A mediation, or family dispute resolution conference, can help you resolve your family law problems quickly and without the need to go to court.

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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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Defacto relationships and family law Defacto relationships and family law

This factsheet provides information about changes in the law affecting de facto couples including same-sex relationships.

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Divorce factsheet 1 – Applying for a divorce Divorce factsheet 1 – Applying for a divorce

This factsheet is the first of five factsheets to help you with your divorce. This factsheet gives you information about how to get started and an overview of the whole divorce process.

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Divorce factsheet 2 – Serving your divorce documents Divorce factsheet 2 – Serving your divorce documents

This factsheet is the second of five factsheets to help you with your divorce. This factsheet explains how to serve your divorce papers after you have filed your divorce application.

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Divorce factsheet 3 – Separation under the same roof Divorce factsheet 3 – Separation under the same roof

This factsheet is the third of five factsheets to help you with your divorce. This factsheet explains what you need to do if you want to get a divorce but you and your spouse have lived together after the date of your separation.

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Divorce factsheet 4 – How to use the Commonwealth Courts Portal Divorce factsheet 4 – How to use the Commonwealth Courts Portal

This factsheet is the fourth of five factsheets to help you with your divorce. This factsheet explains how to apply for a divorce online using the Commonwealth Courts Portal.

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Divorce factsheet 5 – Serving divorce documents when your spouse is in prison Divorce factsheet 5 – Serving divorce documents when your spouse is in prison

This factsheet is the last of five factsheets to help you with your divorce. This factsheet explains how to serve divorce documents on your spouse if they are in prison.

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Do you need legal help and support with domestic violence? (Domestic Violence Unit) Do you need legal help and support with domestic violence? (Domestic Violence Unit)

This brochure outlines how the lawyers and social workers at the Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) support people to sort out their legal problems and to improve their safety.

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Do you need support for your family law problem? Support for men. Do you need support for your family law problem? Support for men.

The Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) is a specialist family violence service. This brochure outlines how the FASS can help men who have experienced violence or have used violence and would like to change.

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Do you need support for your family law problem? Support for Women Do you need support for your family law problem? Support for Women

The Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) is a specialist family violence service. This brochure outlines how the FASS can help women who have experienced violence and other family law problems.

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Family Advocacy and Support Services - legal help and support for families. Family Advocacy and Support Services - legal help and support for families.

This brochure outlines how the Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) can help you if you have experienced family violence, or someone says you have used violence.

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Family dispute resolution conferences at Legal Aid NSW Family dispute resolution conferences at Legal Aid NSW

This brochure explains how legal aid conferences assist people to solve their family law dispute without going to court. This brochure replaces the brochure 'Working out what's best for my children'.

Family Law Early Intervention Unit Family Law Early Intervention Unit

Information about the Legal Aid NSW Family Law Early Intervention Unit which assists people to resolve legal issues before they get serious.

Family law problems? The Early Intervention Unit can help. (Brochure for Aboriginal families) Family law problems? The Early Intervention Unit can help. (Brochure for Aboriginal families)

Settle your family law problem now - act early. The Legal Aid NSW Family Law Early Intervention Unit helps Aboriginal families resolve family problems before they get serious.

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Hey you mob- need help with child support? Hey you mob- need help with child support?

This brochure is about the Legal Aid Child Support Service. We can help: Parents who have to pay child support; Carer parents who can get financial support for their kids; and You, or someone you know, looking after kids who are not your own because of a family court order, or informal arrangement (for example grandparents, aunts or uncles of a child).

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Independent Children's Lawyer - Deciding whether you should help with supervision Independent Children's Lawyer - Deciding whether you should help with supervision

Supervision means that the court wants a responsible third person present when a parent spends time with their child. This brochure discusses what to think about before you agree to become a supervisor. This resource was produced and by legal aid commissions throughout Australia. It is not available to order in print format.

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Independent Children's Lawyer - What is an Independent Children's Lawyer? (For parents) Independent Children's Lawyer - What is an Independent Children's Lawyer? (For parents)

An Independent Children's Lawyer may be appointed to represent children when parents are going to court. This factsheet provides information for children about Independent Children's Lawyers. This resource was produced and by legal aid commissions throughout Australia. It is not available to order in print format.

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Independent Children's Lawyer -What happens when your parents go to court? (Ages 13-18) Independent Children's Lawyer -What happens when your parents go to court? (Ages 13-18)

An Independent Children's Lawyer (ICL) may be appointed to represent children when parents are going to court. This factsheet provides information for children who will be represented by an ICL. This resource was produced and by legal aid commissions throughout Australia. It is not available to order in print format.

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Independent Children's Lawyer -What happens when your parents go to court? (Ages 6-12) Independent Children's Lawyer -What happens when your parents go to court? (Ages 6-12)

An Independent Children's Lawyer (ICL) may be appointed to represent children when parents are going to court. This factsheet provides information for children who will be represented by an ICL. This resource was produced and by legal aid commissions throughout Australia. It is not available to order in print format.

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Kids in Care: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and care 6 Kids in Care: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and care 6

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Kids in Care: Community Services want to talk about my kids: What will happen? 1 Kids in Care: Community Services want to talk about my kids: What will happen? 1

Kids in Care: Going to the Children's Court 2 Kids in Care: Going to the Children's Court 2

Kids in Care: The Children's Court made a decision I am unhappy about: What can I do? 4 Kids in Care: The Children's Court made a decision I am unhappy about: What can I do? 4

Kids in Care: Things have changed and I want my kids back: What can I do? 3 Kids in Care: Things have changed and I want my kids back: What can I do? 3

Kids in Care: What happens when my kids are in care? 5 Kids in Care: What happens when my kids are in care? 5

Look, Learn, Law Look, Learn, Law

Children's activity book featuring Leroy the Legal Lizard. Produced by the Aboriginal Services Unit of Legal Aid NSW.

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My ex-partner has taken our children without my permission. What can I do? My ex-partner has taken our children without my permission. What can I do?

This kit provides some basic advice and assistance to you in a situation where your children have been taken without your consent or you don't know where they are.

My ex-partner isn't following the court orders about our children. What can I do? My ex-partner isn't following the court orders about our children. What can I do?

This 24 page self help guide is for people who already have court orders about parenting, including consent orders. It provides information about enforcing parenting orders, options about what to do where parenting orders have been breached and what to expect if it is alleged that you have breached the parenting orders. It also contains helpful information about writing your affidavit.

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Older people - Are you a grandparent? Your legal questions answered Older people - Are you a grandparent? Your legal questions answered

This brochure explains what legal options you have if you are a grandparent who is raising grandchildren, denied contact with grandchildren or if you are concerned about your grandchildren's welfare. It also covers what financial assistance is available and where you can get legal help.

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Stop. Think. Protect. (P) Stop. Think. Protect. (P)

One of three posters designed for sexual assault services, health services, medical records departments and community organisations to promote awareness of the Sexual Assault Communications Privilege Service and privacy rules restricting the disclosure of sensitive therapeutic records in court proceedings.

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The Independent Children's Lawyer: for kids The Independent Children's Lawyer: for kids

A short video (with captions) to help children understand why they are seeing an Independent Children's Lawyer and what they can expect. Available in English, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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The Independent Children's Lawyer: for parents The Independent Children's Lawyer: for parents

A short video (with captions) for parents and other adults about why the family courts appoint an Independent Children's Lawyer and what the Independent Children's Lawyer does. Available in English, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Trouble making your home loan payments because you have separated from your partner? Trouble making your home loan payments because you have separated from your partner?

This online resource explains how you can negotiate with your lender about changing or reducing your payments for a period of time and where to find financial counselling and legal advice.

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What happens when we split up? Helping Aboriginal families work out what's best for kids What happens when we split up? Helping Aboriginal families work out what's best for kids

This booklet assists Aboriginal families in matters such as divorce, property, making arrangements for sharing children, and child support.

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What happens when your relationship ends What happens when your relationship ends

This family law brochure has been revised and updated in August 2019 and provides information about divorce, property, making arrangements for sharing children, and child support. New translations available from August 20.

When kids in care are adopted When kids in care are adopted

Information for birth parents whose child is in care about adoption orders, adoption plans and what happens if their child is adopted.

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Who gets my stuff when I die? Why wills are important to Aboriginal people. Who gets my stuff when I die? Why wills are important to Aboriginal people.

Why wills are important for Aboriginal People

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