Getting legal help
In South Australia you can access legal advice in the following ways:
Legal Services Commission
Legal Service Commission is the legal aid organisation for South Australia. For free legal advice and information call the Legal Help Line on 1300 366 424. This line operates from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. They also offer appointments with a Family Violence Adviser who can provide advice about your legal concerns and support you to apply for legal aid.
Women’s Legal Service
The phone advice line is available to all women in South Australia and operates between 1pm to 3pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and between 6pm to 8pm Tuesday evening. Call 8221 5553 or for country callers 1800 816 349. WLS may also be able to offer you an appointment to discuss your legal concerns and in some cases offer representation. They provide a specialised legal service to Aboriginal women. To contact the Aboriginal Community Worker call 8231 8929 or 1800 685 037 during normal business hours and ask for an appointment.
Community Legal Centres
Community Legal Centres offer free legal advice and sometimes legal representation.
Justice Net SA
This is a not for profit organisation that aims to help people who are financially disadvantaged access legal support. If you have not been able to access legal support through Legal Services Commission or a community legal centre, you may be eligible to receive assistance. They will then attempt to find a lawyer for you willing to provide pro-bono services.
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
Is an independent Aboriginal community controlled organisation governed by an all Aboriginal Board. They provide legal advice and representation.
The are many lawyers in the community that handle family law matters but if you are reliant on legal aid it is a good idea to check that they accept legal aid cases. To find a private lawyer, you can contact the Law Society on 8229 0200.
Family Relationships Advice Line 1800 050 321 (operates 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday). This is a national telephone service established to assist families affected by relationship or separation issues.
Family Law Courts National Enquiry Centre 1300 352 000 (operates 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday). This services does not provide legal advice but can offer information about family law processes and referrals for legal advice.