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Family Law and Child Support Advice

This service is ran at different areas;
186 Vincent street,
Cessnock
Ph; 1800 551 589
By appointment only

there are a number of services that Legal Aid assist with; these include;

Legal Aid NSW state-wide services

Child Support Service
Mental Health Advocacy Service
Veterans Advocacy Service
Youth Hotline

Need help at court?

Legal Aid NSW court services
Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services

Other legal services

Department of Human Services - Crisis and special help

There are a range of payments and services to support you in an emergency or crisis situation.
You may be able to get paid an income support payment immediately, even if you are not already receiving a Centrelink payment. If you already receive a Centrelink payment, you may be able to receive an advance lump-sum payment from your existing income support payment. The type of payment or assistance that you may be able to get will depend on your individual circumstances.

Crisis Payment is a one-off payment to help those experiencing difficult or extreme circumstances.

Family Law Court

Getting Help:
* Services that help people with particular needs, for example: legal, dispute resolution including counselling, translations.
* Separation and Divorce
When, where and how to get a divorce. Information on legal issues around separation.
* Family Violence
What family violence is and how it affects others. How the Courts deal with family violence.
* Children's Matters
How to make arrangements for children during and after separation. How separation affects children. About Going to Court
* What happens at Court.

Creative Times - Reconnect

Samaritans supports children and their families going through challenging times in Newcastle.

Creative Times is an innovative program that works with children and their families going through challenging times. Creative Times has a focus on early intervention and prevention, supporting people by promoting individual, family and community strengths.

Families can access support from Creative Times in a number of ways:

Deaf Society of NSW

The Deaf Society of NSW provides a range of support services, including services to those who may have additional needs due to vision impairment, cerebral palsy or developmental delay.
The Deaf Society’s two major goals are to educate and support members of the Deaf Community to enable them to access relevant services and to educate the wider community on the needs of Deaf people.

Department of Community Services

Community Services (formerly DoCS) is the leading NSW Government agency responsible for community services.
We work to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and to build stronger families and communities. In particular, we help those who are vulnerable and most in need.
We work to protect children and young people from risk of harm and to provide care for children and young people who are not able to live with their families.

Department of Community Services

Community Services (formerly DoCS) is the leading NSW Government agency responsible for community services.
We work to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and to build stronger families and communities. In particular, we help those who are vulnerable and most in need.
We work to protect children and young people from risk of harm and to provide care for children and young people who are not able to live with their families.

Family Relationship Centre

Family Relationship Centres are a source of information and confidential assistance for families at all stages in their lives.

Centres have a focus on providing family dispute resolution (mediation) to enable separating families achieve workable parenting arrangements outside the Court system.

Whether you are going through separation, starting a relationship, want to make your relationship stronger, or having relationship difficulties, the Centres can help.

Sixty-five Centres have been established throughout Australia.

Hunter Partners in Recovery

Partners in Recovery (PIR) is a national mental health initiative aiming to facilitate the recovery of people with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs, by connecting them more effectively to the services and supports they need. PIR also recognises the needs of carers and families and their role in the Recovery Journey.
Our Partners

Five (5) organisations have partnered with Hunter PIR to host Support Facilitator teams across the Hunter PIR Region.