Caxton Legal Centre’s Family Law Service and associated Duty Lawyer Services can assist with a wide range of problems including:
- parenting issues, including urgent recovery applications and parenting plans
- grandparents’ rights
- separation and divorce
- spousal maintenance
- child support
- property settlements involving small asset pools
- safety planning
- assistance to draft protection order applications.
Referrals to domestic violence services can be provided. Advice can be provided to either the aggrieved or respondent for domestic and family violence matters.
Advice is provided through the evening legal advice sessions. Please call us on (07) 3214 6333 to book an appointment. A family lawyer is available for day-time appointments for clients genuinely unable to attend the evening legal advice sessions.
Family Law Duty Lawyer Service
Family law duty lawyers are available at the Brisbane Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. The service is free and does not require an appointment. It supports self-represented clients in these courts.
The duty lawyer can provide:
- legal advice
- assistance with negotiations
- assistance with drafting documents
- limited representation to clients who have a court hearing that day.
Usually, Legal Aid Queensland will provide duty lawyer services for one party to the case and our duty lawyers will assist the other party.
The Family and Advocacy Support Service is also available to clients at the family courts in Brisbane. This service provides clients with more in-depth duty lawyer assistance and with additional support from a social worker on site at the courts if their family law matters also involve family and domestic violence.
In urgent family law matters, assistance may also be provided to clients who do not have a court case that day but who need to file an urgent court application.
To obtain assistance from a duty lawyer, clients should attend the family courts at Tank St in Brisbane and proceed to Level 1 to register with the intake officer who will allocate the client to a duty lawyer. Clients should bring along all court documents (e.g. applications, affidavits, family reports, court orders) and supporting evidence (e.g. letters from doctors, emails/Facebook screenshots, school records, financial records).
Community legal centres may also directly refer clients to the service by contacting Caxton directly prior to the court hearing date.
Clients may utilise the duty lawyer service on each occasion they have a court case and may also receive some limited assistance between court dates by arrangement with the duty lawyer.
Domestic and Family Violence Duty Lawyer Service
Our domestic and family violence duty lawyers provide legal advice to self-represented respondents at the Brisbane Magistrates Domestic Violence Court.
The service is available on all days the court lists cases, it is free of charge and does not require an appointment.
The duty lawyer can provide legal advice and assistance with:
- negotiations (including with police)
- drafting Protection Applications for respondents who have experienced domestic and family violence
- related family law and tenancy matters
- referrals to intervention programs.
The service can also provide court representation for interim and procedural matters but not for final hearings. Legal Aid Queensland duty lawyers provide advice to the aggrieved.
To obtain assistance from a duty lawyer, clients should register with the Court Network staff outside the Domestic Violence Court on Level 6 in the Magistrates Court building prior to their hearing.