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    Default Friend sinking in court case

    Sorry if this is the wrong area.

    Ill try and keep this short.

    Basically, i year ago my very good friend left and abusive (physically and emotionally) husband with her two kids. He cheated on her with her best friend too. She left one day after 16 years and went to a refuge. She is now living with her mother (who is dieing) and he is living with the woman he cheated with.

    She is now in the think of a custody case and she is sinking. He has very expensive lawyers and she has nothing (she cant afford one). She had legal aid but now she doesnt so she is representing herself.

    She wants full custody and re-location (to NSW to be with family) and he wants full custody. He has 'witnesses with signed affidavits (one from the woman hes living with and a friend) saying she is mentally unstable and and basically a bad mother. She has her affidavit and the three friends she had on her side have pulled out as they are scared of him.

    I cant do anything to help her, i only met her after she left him.

    Any advice??

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    Why doesn't she have legal aid anymore? I would never suggest going before the courts unrepresented especially in something as important as this. I think there are non-profits who would help her if she doesn't qualify for legal aid.

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    Did the refuge have follow threw support services? They often have legal teams joined to them for example one arvo a fortnight ect. Otherwise the local community legal advocacy group

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    The courts are not supposed to be bias, with who has the most money - hence legal team, however I know how hard it can be. Does she work ? Can she do her own legal paperwork, and seek legal advice from the side (what I did), it is a lot less costly. There are some free legal advice around. Perhaps google them or ask the family court if they know of any - ask around. Why hasn't she been to mediation to sort custody ? Or was an agreement unable to be reached ?

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    She needs to speak to a FV service. They will be able to refer to a legal service.
    Just because he has friends/partner saying she's mentally unwell doesn't mean a judge will accept that. They don't sound like mental health professionals who have had the opportunity to assess her.
    She needs advice asap from an appropriate service


 

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