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We provide free legal advice for women in Western Australia.

Legal Assistance

Women’s Legal Service WA provides free legal assistance to women across WA in the areas of law set out below

While we endeavour to assist as many women as possible, limits on our service mean we can only provide on-going representation to women in certain circumstances. This will be discussed with you when you contact the service.

 

Family law

Parenting disputes after separation about where children live, who they spend time with and other issues related to parenting

We also provide one-off advice in relation to property settlements after separation through our pro bono Family Law Property Clinic

 

Protection & Care

Pre-Birth Planning meetings with the Department of Communities and pregnant women

Assistance with Children’s Court proceedings when children have been taken into care

 

Criminal Injuries Compensation

Applying for compensation after injuries caused by family domestic violence or sexual violence

 

Family Violence Restraining Orders

Applications for Restraining Orders against a current or former partner

 

Family Law Pro Bono property clinic

We run a Pro Bono Family Law (Property) Legal Clinic about family law financial matters. This can include property settlement and spousal maintenance.

The Legal Clinic provides one-off, one hour appointments  with private family lawyers who generously donate their time to volunteer at our Service. The appointments are usually via telephone..

The Legal Clinic is not suitable for women who have ongoing or complex Family Court proceedings as the Legal Clinic appointments are only one hour and our volunteer lawyers do not have the time to review the court documents required for them to provide you with the legal advice for your situation.

If we are able to assist you, we will ask you to complete and email us our Family Law (Property) Legal Clinic Background Information Form.

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