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Australian Capital Territory Legal Support and Court Sites


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Canberra - Legal Aid ACT
Legal Aid ACT helps people in the ACT with their legal problems, especially people who are socially or economically disadvantaged. We can help in criminal law, family law and some civil law matters - Find their current Legal Aid phone numbers at their website
www.legalaidact.org.au/

Canberra - Women's Legal Centre
The Women's Legal Centre is a community legal centre for women in Canberra and the surrounding area. The Centre is run by women and aims to improve women's access to justice.
The Centre advises on a wide range of legal problems such as:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Disputes over children
  • Property settlement
  • Domestic violence
  • Child support
  • Going to court
www.womenslegalact.org/

Pro Bono Organisations

Definition of "Pro bono" - derived from the Latin ''for the public good'', is generally used to describe professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment as a public service to those who are unable to afford them. There is a presumption pro bono legal services will be offered at no charge, but that is not necessarily the case. Some options may include the lawyer donating their time only, or the client agreeing that the lawyer or firm could retain a portion of money recovered by legal action
go to the ACT Law Society Canberra - ACT Law Society Pro Bono Scheme
Pro bono, derived from the Latin ''for the public good'', is generally used to describe professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment as a public service to those who are unable to afford them. There is a presumption pro bono legal services will be offered at no charge, but that is not necessarily the case. Some options may include the lawyer donating their time only, or the client agreeing that the lawyer or firm could retain a portion of money recovered by legal action
Note - This society's scheme does accept disputes over child custody
Canberrans who do not qualify for legal aid might benefit from a pro bono scheme operated by the ACT Law Society. Staff receive and evaluate applications for assistance, first ensuring applicants meet a means test and that a case has a reasonable prospect of success. A firm or lawyer willing to take on the case is then found. All applicants are interviewed by a lawyer, generally a young lawyer seconded from a major law firm. Then a panel of three lawyers determines whether an applicant meets the eligibility criteria
Canberrans who believe the clearing house could help them can call the society on 6247 5700
For more information, go to the ACT Law Society website here



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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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