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Family Law Section Service Update and COVID-19 Response


We are still here to help people with their family or separation problems.

We can also help if Territory Families (Welfare) are talking about or have already taken your children into care.


Frequently asked questions

How can we help?

We can keep helping clients who need support, legal advice and legal assistance during this challenging time.

We can:    

  • Help parents who are worried and confused about how COVID-19 might affect their children and parenting arrangements;

  • Help families who need to work out money after separation;

  • Help families when Welfare is about to or takes children into care; and

  • Continue to provide assistance and advice to vulnerable clients at risk of family violence.

We have changed how we do some things

To keep our clients, staff and the whole community healthy and safe we will:

  • Not talk to people face-to-face

  • Do the duty lawyer services by telephone

  • Do appointments by telephone

  • Work with clients on their case by phone, text, email, post or video-call (if possible); and

  • Do risk assessments, safety planning and other non-legal support (eg. referrals to crisis accommodation, problems with Centrelink, counselling and other therapeutic services) with our social support worker by telephone.

Need help?

Call our Legal Aid Helpline by free call on 1800 019 343.

Our Helpline staff will talk with you about your situation, can send you some information, and if you need some legal advice will transfer you to one of our helpful staff to arrange some legal advice.

If you need to talk about domestic violence, getting a DVO or changing a DVO, click on this fact sheet DVLS COVID 19 Service Change


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