How can the Family Law and Domestic and Family Violence Service help me? 

Caxton Legal Centre’s Family Law Service and associated Duty Lawyer Services can assist with a wide range of problems including legal advice for: 

  • 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. 

Legal advice is provided by appointment.  

The duty lawyer services assist self-represented clients on the day they attend court and no appointment is needed.  

The duty lawyers can provide: 

  • legal advice 
  • help with negotiations 
  • help with drafting documents 
  • in very limited circumstances court appearances for people who have court that day 
  • referrals to intervention programs. 

In urgent family law matters, assistance may also be provided if you do not have a court case that day but need to file an urgent court application. 

How to access the Family Law Duty Lawyer or Family Advocacy and Support Service

Family law duty lawyers are available at the Brisbane Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.  The Family and Advocacy Support Service is also available to clients at the family courts in Brisbane. This service provides you with more in-depth duty lawyer assistance and with additional support from a social worker if the family law matters also involve family and domestic violence. 

To obtain assistance from either service, you 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. You 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). 

How to access the Domestic and Family Violence Duty Lawyer   

Domestic and family violence duty lawyers provide legal advice, assistance with negotiations and representation at court mentions at the Brisbane Magistrates Domestic Violence Court.   

To obtain assistance from a duty lawyer, you should register with the Court Network staff outside the Domestic Violence Court on Level 6 in the Magistrates Court building prior to your hearing. 

Community legal centres may also directly refer clients to the services by contacting Caxton directly prior to the court hearing date.