Legal Advice

Before filing any type of family law application it is recommended that you obtain legal advice. A lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities. They can also explain how the law applies to your case.

It is important you understand the impact of the orders you or the other party ask the Court to make.

You can seek legal advice through:

Family Court staff can help with questions about court processes, but they can't provide legal advice.

Family Relationship Advice Line

The Family Relationship Advice Line can help you with free legal advice and information about services available to assist you with family relationship issues including information relating to family law proceedings

Call 1800 050 321, and advise that you are seeking legal advice (also advise if your request is urgent). The advice line staff will organise a time for a lawyer to contact you.

Private law firms

The Court cannot refer you to a private lawyer. If you are looking for a private lawyer who specialises in family law matters, you can visit the:

Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA provides a number of services:

Legal Aid WA has several on-site duty lawyers who can provide assistance with urgent family law matters. See the Legal Aid page for more information.

Community legal services

Community Legal Centres

Community Legal Centres are community based non profit organisations that provide legal services to low income and disadvantaged people.

You can contact the Community Legal Centres Association (WA) for a referral to an appropriate service, by calling 9221 9322 during business hours, or by contacting them online.

Or you can view a list of the community legal centres in Western Australia and contact them directly. https://www.communitylaw.net/clc-directory

Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice Bureau is a community based organisation with branches located throughout Western Australia. Each branch provides a range of services to the public, including legal and non-legal information and referrals, including a mediation program for family matters.

Visit the Citizens Advice Bureau website for more information and the location of their offices.

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia

If you are Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander you may also be able to get legal advice from the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia. Call 1800 019 900 or visit any ALSWA office. The service has a head office in Perth, and regional offices across WA.

More information

There is additional information available about the Legal Aid duty lawyer service available on-site.


Last updated: 16-Apr-2018

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