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Federal Circuit Court of Australia Online Application for Divorce
You can now complete and file electronically online, an Application for Divorce form at the Commonwealth Courts Portal. As well as filing the form, you can pay the fee by credit card (or seek an Exemption from Payment), print out a completed, sealed version of your application which is then ready to be served on the respondent. You will also be able to select your own hearing date

National - Australian Government - Legal Support
Understand your rights and responsibilities when going through a separation, particularly if the separation involves family violence or child abuse. Legal issues associated with separation can seem complex at first but you can find your way around the Family Law System with help from a range of sources

National - Legal Aid
Legal Aid provides a range of services to people who need advice, assistance and representation, and who qualify for legal aid. Click on the text in the state/territory to open the link to the state/territory commission's website for Legal Aid phone numbers

National - Women's Legal Services Network (WLSN)
The Women's Legal Services Network (WLSN) is a new network within the National Association of Community Legal Centres comprising the following services:
Women's Legal Services (Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Katherine, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Townsville)
Indigenous Women's Legal Services (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Townsville)
Domestic Violence Legal Services (Alice Springs, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney) and
Rural Women's Outreach Workers (Dubbo, Lismore; Mildura, South Hedland, Toowoomba and Warrnambool)

National - Family Court of Australia - Separation and Divorce information
When, where and how to get a divorce and sort out the legal issues around separation. Information about de facto relationships
Divorce Information about divorce in Australia, including laws, fees and answers to common questions
How to apply for a divorce Step-by-step instructions and all the forms you need to apply for a divorce
Separation How separation affects you and your family. Practical considerations about children and financial matters
Service of documents Step-by-step guide to serving papers on another party

National - Australasian Legal Information Institute (Austli) - Courts of Australia Judgements Database
AustLII is Australia's most popular online free-access resource for Australian legal information. AustLII publishes public legal information - that is, primary legal materials (legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals); and secondary legal materials created by public bodies for purposes of public access (law reform and royal commission reports for example) and a substantial collection of law journals
2010 Family Court of Australia Decisions 2010 Federal Magistrates Court of Australia - Family Law Decisions

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
National - National Pro Bono Resource Centre
An independant organisation that promotes and supports pro bono through its independent role as advocate, broker, coordinator, researcher and resource provider. Individual case referrals are directed to pro bono clearing houses and schemes which exist in many States of Australia (Pro Bono generally means the provision of legal services on a free or significantly reduced fee) basis

National - Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH NSW)
Individuals receive assistance from PILCH NSW Members for no fee where they are unable to afford to pay for assistance or when assistance is otherwise unavailable. In this way, PILCH NSW Members help to Bridge the Justice Gap

National - Justice Connect
Justice Connect provides a range of services for individuals experiencing disadvantage

Brochures, Forms and Fact Sheets

Self-Representation - How To Run Your Family Law Case
The How To Run Your Family Law Case booklet is a do-it-yourself kit to help you prepare a family law case and represent yourself in court
How To Run Your Family Law Case

Familiy Law Courts - Application for Consent Orders (do it yourself kit)
This kit can be used to apply for consent orders about:
  • the care, welfare and development of your children (known as parenting orders);
  • the division of property or maintenance for a spouse or former spouse/de facto partner (known as spouse or de facto partner maintenance)
* For further information or to get paper copies of this document sent to you, call 1300 352 000, or visit a family law registry near you.

Application for Consent Orders (do it yourself kit)

Federal Magistrates Court - Family Report Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides information for people who have a disputed case about their children in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (the Court), and where the Court has ordered a Family Report to be prepared by a Family Consultant
Family Report Fact Sheet

Family Court of Australia - Notice of Child Abuse or Family Violence - Form 4
This form is to be used
(a) when allegations of child abuse or risk of child abuse are made and a prescribed child welfare authority must be notified of the allegations (Section 67Z of the Family Law Act 1975), or
(b) if, in a case where an application is made to the court for a Part VII order in relation to a child, a person alleges that there has been abuse of a child or family violence or there is a risk of abuse of a child or family violence and the allegation of aubse, family violence or risk of abuse or family violence is relevant to whether the court should grant or refuse the application (Section 60K of the Family Law Act 1975, and Rule 2.04A of the Family Law Rules 2004).

For further information regarding this form from other single mothers, you can read the Forum 4 - Domestic Violence Post in the

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


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.


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


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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