The Legal Services Commission recognises the benefits of assisting clients to resolve their family law disputes through processes other than litigation in the courts. However the Commission provides legal assistance in those difficult family disputes where FDR services are inappropriate or have not succeeded.
The Commission also provides advice and representation to parties in family law matters including:
In cases where a family law court has ordered the appointment of an Independent Children's Lawyer to represent the best interests of the child in parenting dispute before the court, the Commission provides experienced and accredited Independent Children's lawyers to perform thjis important role.
Specialist independent legal advice and representation for all kinds of child support and maintenance matters is available through the Child Support Unit.
Duty lawyers are available at the Family Law Courts to provide advice and assistance to self represented litigants who are currently involved in court proceedings or are about to start court proceedings.
In addition, the Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Unit and the Commission's child and family counsellors provide family law conferencing and general FDR services to clients.