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Single Mother Legal Support and Court Sites Directory

Northern Territory Legal Support and Court Sites

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Northern Territory - Top End Womens Legal Service
Free legal advice is available at:
Palmerston - Every Monday by appointment from 12.00pm - 1.30pm at the Community Care Clinic at Palmerston Health Precinct
Darwin - Every Wednesday evening by appointment from 5.15pm - 6.15pm at 62 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
To make an appointment please phone (08) 8982 3000 or free call 1800 234 441
Outreach Services at Knuckey's Lagoon, Bagot, Belyuen, Palmerston Indigenous Village, Acacia and Adelaide River
TEWLS also provides regular advice to women at Darwin Prison, The Adult Migration Education Program at Charles Darwin University and Immigration Detention Centres

Check that the above details are still correct at the TEWLS website:

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Darwin Office

6th Floor, 9 – 11 Cavanagh Street Darwin NT
Locked Bag 11, Darwin NT 0801
Tel: (08) 8999 3000 Fax: (08) 8999 3099

Palmerston Office

Shop 6, 25 Chung Wah Terrace, Palmerston
Tel: (08) 8999 4750 Fax: (08) 8999 4747

Katherine Office

20 Second Street
Katherine NT0850
PO Box 145 Katherine NT 0851
Tel: (08) 8973 8704 Fax: (08) 8973 5551

Tennant Creek Office

Shop 3, 163 Paterson St
Tennant Creek NT 0860
Tel: (08) 8962 0100 Fax: (08) 8962 0129

Alice Springs Office

77 Hartley Street
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 969 Alice Springs NT 0871
Tel: (08) 8951 5377 Fax: (08) 8951 5378
Toll free Telephone Information Service
1800 019 343 Monday to Friday 9am to 4 pm

Brochures, Forms and Fact Sheets

Northern Territory - Who can help you? - Assistance for Separating Families
The booklet provides comprehensive listings and contact details for services throughout the regions of the NT that could be of assistance to separating families. Contains listings of support services for many separation issues, including domestic violence, emergency accomodation and child welfare. Lists many organisations offering specific services such as counselling, mediation and dispute resolution, and legal advice.
Download a copy of Who can help you? - Assistance for Separating Families [PDF 381KB]

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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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