In many cases, people who have separated or who are separating become involved in the family law system but require access to a variety of other resources during this difficult time. Separating families often face a range of problems and require links into other legal and non-legal services and networks for support and advice.
In addition to the SA Family Law Pathways Network, there is a range of other referral providers both nationwide and locally which may assist South Australians in accessing this information.
Family Relationships Online website is an Australian Government initiative and provides families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationship issues, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution.
It also allows families to find out about a range of services that can assist them to manage relationship issues. The website has links and information about services in all States of Australia.
It has information and referral information, including links to the closest Family Relationship Centres and other localised information relevant to family services.
The Family Relationship Advice Line is available from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday (local time), except national public holidays.
The Family Relationship Advice Line is a national telephone service established to assist families affected by relationship or separation issues.The Advice Line provides information on family relationship issues and advice on parenting arrangements after separation. It can also refer callers to local services that can provide assistance. The Advice Line complements the information and services offered by Family Relationship Centres. It ensures that people who are not able to attend a Centre can be helped.
Phone: 1800 050 321
International callers: +61 7 3423 6878
Legal Advice and Court Information
The Law Society of SA is the professional association for referring lawyers in South Australia. Referrals can be made according to locality, legal speciality or language. There is also an on-line referral service.
Phone: (08) 8229 0200
The Legal Services Commission assists people to obtain justice. All advice-only services are free of charge. People who are provided with legal representation pay a contribution to costs. Services include:
- Free legal advice
- Legal representation
- Duty Lawyers at Court
- Family Law Conferences
- Child Support
- Legal Education
The Legal Services Commission has a Family Law Unit which specialises in all areas related to family law. The Legal Services Commission has multiple sites around South Australia including Adelaide, Elizabeth, Port Augusta and Whyalla.
The Legal Services Commission has a specialised Child Support Help Line: (08) 8111 5576
Phone: (08) 8111 5555
LEGAL HELPLINE 1300 366 424
The Family Court website has general information about the legal and Court process, including links to the Adelaide Registry of the Family Law Courts.
The National Enquiry Centre (NEC) is the entry point for all telephone and email enquiries on Family Law Court matters (Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia). The NEC can provide information and procedural advice, forms and brochures and referral advice to community and support services. NEC staff cannot provide legal advice.
Phone: 1300 352 000
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
The Women’s Information Service provides information and referrals to appropriate services for SA women online, over the phone and in person.
Domestic Violence Services
A coalition of agencies who aim to prevent Domestic Violence against women and children in SA and can provide information and links to appropriate services and support.
Phone: 08 8152 0021
Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services
Drug & Alcohol Services SA (DASSA) provides information about community-based treatment and services available in South Australia.
Phone: 1300 13 1340
Beyond Blue provides callers with access to information and referrals to relevant services for mental health issues such as depression and anxiety as well as drug & alcohol problems. Information in 26 different languages is available.
Phone: 1300 22 4636
Lifeline provides callers with crisis support and referrals to services for mental health issues.
Phone: 13 11 14
Mens Line Australia provides telephone counselling, information and referral services for men with relationship and/or family concerns.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 and can provide assistance and referrals to other services.
Phone: 1800 551 800
24 hour Child Abuse Report Line: 13 14 78
Crisis Care for after hours: 13 16 11