Separation is a difficult time for all people involved. Here at Corney & Lind Lawyers, we have found some resources that can be quite helpful to separating couples.
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|Talking Parents||Free||Provides co-parenting communication tools, including a platform for messaging (which is unalterable and easy to export if necessary to provide to a lawyer), a platform to upload documents, and a shared calendar. It provides real-time notifications, and can act as an alternative to communication via phone or email.|
|Penda||Free||An app for women who have experienced domestic and family violence and are thinking about separation and divorce. It contains financial tips, safety information, legal information, and referrals.|
|Hello Mojo||Free (with in-app purchases)||Provides a platform for collecting information including financial information and records, copies of marriage and birth certificates, and superannuation information. Can be quite useful when preparing court applications, as it provides a place to list almost all relevant information required in said applications.|
Other Online/Over-the-phone Resources
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|RelationSpace Online||$550 – $770||An early intervention online tool to help reduce the impact of divorce on children. Provides 24/7 psychological support to parents going through a relationship breakdown, and equips parents with cognitive behaviour strategies to help them support their children and made child-focused decisions throughout the separation process. A certificate of completion is provided upon request and can be used in court. Learn more here.|
|Federal Circuit Court||Free||The Federal Circuit Court website provides information about procedural matters regarding family law. It also includes factsheets with information about family reports, and other important parts of a family law matter. It includes features such as live chat and an online portal (which is discussed below). Learn more here.|
|Commonwealth Courts Portal||Free||The Commonwealth Courts Portal (the Portal) is a secure online platform that enables individuals to access information about any of their cases that are before the Courts. Individuals include self-represented parties, legal practitioners, and parties who have legal representation. Not only does the Portal allow access to information, it also provides a platform for people to electronically file (eFile) applications and documents, identify documents that have been filed, view future court dates, and view any orders that have been made. In fact, applications for Divorce can now only be filed on the Portal. Learn more here.|
|Womens legal service – Remote Priority Line and Helpline||Free||The Women’s Legal Service is now offering free on the spot legal advice to women who live in remote or rural areas, every Tuesday from 9:30am to 1:30pm. The Rural, Regional and Remote Priority Advice line is 1800 457 117, and is a priority line, meaning that calls on this line will not compete with metropolitan callers, and legal advice can be received quickly. Learn more here. Women can also call 1800 957 957 from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday to arrange a free 30 minute appointment with a family law solicitor. Learn more here.|
|DV Connect||Free||DV Connect is Queensland’s free 24 hour telephone helpline for victims of Domestic violence, including children and pets. It offers emergency transport and accommodation, as well as crisis counselling and interventions. To access the helpline, call 1800 811 811. DV Connect also has a specific line for male victims of domestic and family violence, which can be reached at 1800 600 636. This line also offers support services and court assistance for perpetrators to help them change their behaviour. Learn more here.|
While these resources are a useful starting point, this is not a comprehensive list of all available resources. If you have a complex family law matter, and/or need to contact a family lawyer, click here.