divorce law solicitors

Free assistance for the unrepresented litigant

Bainbridge Legal is committed to providing legal assistance on a pro bono basis. We deliver regular presentations to community groups in addition to acting for members of the community who lack the financial means to pay for legal representation. As part of this commitment, we have developed a number of information pages for download at no cost. This information does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in lieu of seeking professional advice on the specifics of your individual matter.

Family law - helpful information for parents

Are you a newly separated parent? This information page is designed to assist such parents with practical advice on how to avoid the common pitfalls of relationship breakdown while providing some helpful suggestions on how to manage and maintain civil communication with the other parent.

defending an AVO?

This information page is designed to provide general information about the local court and procedure for AVO matters, including information on how a respondent might prepare for a defended hearing.

Where do I file?

Deciding on the correct court to file in for family law cases can be difficult. You might be surprised to learn that in most cases you will not file in the Family Court of Australia.

legal practice

Is it time to update your will?

This information page provides guidance on when it may be appropriate to consider updating your will.

Consent orders v binding financial agreements

This information page explains the difference between consent orders sealed by the Family Court of Australia and Binding Financial Agreements which are not filed or sealed by any court.

Witnessing a Will

A brief explanation as to how a Will needs to be executed and witnessed in order to be valid.

Section 10

Section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 allows the Court to discharge an offender without a criminal conviction being recorded

The Social and Legal Development of Succession Law

This article outlines the social and legal development of succession law – providing an outline of the impact of family provision legislation

Traffic Offenders Program

The Traffic Offenders Intervention Program is an education course run through the local court for drivers who have breached traffic laws.

Fines and penalty notices

Answering the questions of what is a fine, and what is a penalty unit...

Contract for the sale of land

What is a contract of sale?


Bail laws

An outline of the 2014 amendments to the Bail Act.

Lodging an appeal

Appealing a Local Court magistrate's decision in the District Court

Binding Death Nominations

A Binding Death Nomination allows you to nominate a beneficiary to whom your superannuation benefits will be released upon your death.

Fact sheets

NSW Legal Aid fact sheets and resources

Click on the link to download the latest version of the relevant NSW Legal Aid factsheet.

Fined Out

A comprehensive overview of how fines are dealt with in NSW. It will help you understand the system, give you information about free legal and financial services, and help you deal with your fine and/or get a better result

Have you crashed your car?

This brochure will help you if you have crashed your car and are not insured for motor vehicle property damage or you are not claiming on your insurance. It outlines what you should do right after the accident and how to negotiate settlement or prepare for court.

Going to court: guide to the Local Court for defendants

This booklet explains what to do if you have received a Court Attendance Notice for a criminal offence and have to go to a NSW Local Court.

Blacktown Family Law

Family Law Blacktown

De facto relationships and family law

This fact sheet provides information about changes in the law affecting de facto couples including same-sex relationships.

Family dispute resolution (FDR): working out what's best for my children

This brochure explains how legal aid conferences assist people to solve their family law dispute without going to court

What's the law? Australian law for new arrivals

What's the law? covers 10 stories dealing with common legal issues experienced by recently arrived migrants and refugees - the legal system, driving, car accidents, buying a car, police, renting, Centrelink, child protection, family law and family violence. The kit contains a DVD, student activity sheets and teacher notes.