We provide free one-off appointments at Family Law Clinics for people who need advice and cannot pay privately, with the support of lawyers volunteering their time. We can also advise if legal aid funding may be available for cases, and where else to seek support
Our volunteer lawyers in our law clinics can offer initial advice on most family law issues, including divorce & separation, domestic abuse, issues relating to children such as parental responsibility and arrangements, and some financial issues after separation.
Avon & Bristol Law Centre’s free law clinic is key to our commitment to access to justice. The clinic runs Tuesday evening from 6-8pm. Advice is available for:
Appointments are for one-off face to face meetings, for Bristol City and B&NES Residents only. To check if you are a resident, type in your postcode here.
To make an appointment email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 9248662
This clinic uses technology to help people who find it difficult to get free legal advice locally (employment and family law). You will attend at the Citizens Advice offices in North Somerset (Weston Super Mare) or South Somerset (Yeovil) on a Tuesday evening, where we use Skype to connect you to a lawyer.
To make an appointment, please contact Citizens Advice North Somerset or Citizens Advice South Somerset.
If you have a family law issue where someone is in immediate danger please contact a law firm, police or other agency urgently.
Further support and information
The Personal Support Unit (PSU)
This is located at the Civil Justice Centre in Bristol. The project provides a range of help and support (but does not give legal advice). This includes: providing information and support; helping people access free legal advice; discussing settling issues without going to court; explaining how the courts work; help in filling in court forms and organise court papers; help plan what to say in court; accompany the LIP into court and take notes and help afterwards.
They operate a drop in service between 9.30- 4.30 Monday – Friday. This is open to anyone facing proceedings at the CJC.
LIP Service – for Bristol Civil Justice Centre
Students from the universities in Bristol hold information sessions where they explain about the court procedure, what a person can expect in court and what a person needs to do in preparation for a court hearing, people will also be given a tour of the court.
Bristol Family Law Advice Scheme
Offers half hour face to face appointments with pro-bono lawyers, for people involved or likely to be involved in a Family Court case about arrangements for children at the CJC. This service is co-ordinated by the PSU ( above) and you will need to make an appointment with them.
Online guides covering various areas of family law by Advice Now