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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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Are DCJ talking to you about your kids? Are DCJ talking to you about your kids?

What to do if the Department of Communities and Justice want to talk to you about your children. Legal Aid NSW can help.

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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?

Mediation can be a good way to work out important issues such as how often you see your children. Legal Aid NSW can represent you in a mediation.

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Are you a grandparent? Your legal questions answered 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, wants to spend time with your 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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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 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.

Care and Protection: Working with Children Care and Protection: Working with Children

A guide to best practice for children's legal representatives.

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Caring for kids in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families Caring for kids in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

This brochure is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grandparents, aunties, uncles and other relatives involved in looking after young children.

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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 for a 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 to court for leave to change your assessment Child Support Factsheet 3: Applying to court 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 Services Australia: Child Support for a 'Change of Assessment'.

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Child Support Factsheet 4: Applying to court for a stay order Child Support Factsheet 4: Applying to court 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 Services Australia: 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 Child Support Service

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

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

This factsheet gives you information about how to get started in your application for a divorce 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 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 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 – Filing your divorce application online Divorce factsheet 4 – Filing your divorce application online

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 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, financial counsellors and social workers at the Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) can support you.

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Early Intervention Unit Early Intervention Unit

The Early Intervention Unit (EIU) can help you to sort out your family law issues as early as possible before they become serious. This brochure outlines what sorts of issues the EIU can help you with.

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

Family dispute resolution (FDR) at Legal Aid NSW is a good way to sort out disagreements about caring for your children or your disputes over property or money. It is confidential, free, faster, and less stressful than going to court. This brochure outlines how to arrange a FDR mediation and what happens at a mediation.

Family law problems? The Early Intervention Unit can help. Family law problems? The Early Intervention Unit can help.

Settle your family law problem now - act early. The Legal Aid NSW Family Law Early Intervention Unit helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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?

How the Legal Aid Child Support Service can help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents, aunties and uncles with child support problems.

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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

If an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child needs to be removed from his or her family, there are special rules that consider the extended family or kinship groups of both parents. This booklet talks about the rules that Communities and Justice must consider and what happens if you do not agree.

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Kids in Care: Communities and Justice want to talk about my kids: What will happen? 1 Kids in Care: Communities and Justice want to talk about my kids: What will happen? 1

Anyone who is concerned that your children may be at risk of significant harm can report their concerns to Communities and Justice (DCJ) by calling the ‘Child Protection Helpline’. This book tells you what will happen if DCJ want to talk to you about your kids.

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

When Communities and Justice remove your children from your care, they have to apply to the Children’s Court for Court Orders. This booklet explains what will happen in Court and why you must attend.

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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

Anyone who was a party to the original proceedings in the Children’s Court can appeal against the decision if they are dissatisfied with the order made. This booklet tells you what happens in an appeal.

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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

If you think things have changed since the Children’s Court made orders, you can make an application to the Children’s Court for the orders to be changed or cancelled. This booklet tells you how to do that.

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

When your children are placed in care, Communities and Justice look for a placement that is safe and secure. This booklet tells you what will happen and how to stay in touch with your caseworker.

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

This booklet assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with 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?

What to do when you are married or in a defacto relationship and your relationship ends. This brochure covers family law basics about divorce, parenting plans, living arrangements, child support, how the court divides your property, and where to get more help.