Children are our future, and therefore it’s important they be nurtured and supported in a safe living environment. We help vulnerable children through an emphasis on family connectedness, our aim always being to keep children with their families, cultures, and communities.
Family Division Matters
Family Division Matters are heard in the Children’s Court. The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) receives reports of child neglect and abuse and is obliged to investigate. After investigation, if they believe intervention is necessary, DFFH will lodge an application with the Children’s Court.
Our Children’s Court lawyers are able to represent you in relation to these applications. We represent children, parents, stepparents and carers, and offer over 25 years of experience in Child Protection Matters.
TP Legal & Associates are members of the S29A Panel at Victoria Legal Aid, which means we accept referrals from Legal Aid, and appear as duty lawyers across the Metropolitan and Country courts of Victoria.
Our legal team is a strong advocate for the indigenous population of Australia. We acknowledge and respect indigenous connections to land and culture, and advocate for your legal rights with this in mind.
We regularly receive client referrals from the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, and from other Aboriginal organisations.
All TP Legal employees have undergone Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training with the Koori Heritage Trust and have a strong commitment to advocating for the indigenous peoples of Victoria. We work hard to keep indigenous children with their families and cultures, taking a respectful, compassionate, non-judgmental approach to our service.
Children’s Court Applications
Our Children’s Court lawyers can assist you with all Child Protection Applications and Orders including:
– Protection Applications by Emergency Care
– Protection Applications by Notice
– Family Preservation Orders
– Family Reunification Orders
– Long-Term Care Orders
– Permanent Care Orders
– Care by Secretary Orders
– Therapeutic Treatment Orders
– Case Plan Reviews
We advocate for your legal rights and negotiate with DHHS on your behalf. Legal representation is absolutely necessary when dealing with DHHS, as some orders can last up to 24 months, or until a child turns 18 years of age. Our lawyers offer specialised expertise in dealing with DHHS, so we can help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
Feel secure knowing we’ll assist you at each stage of your court case. Your case may finalise quickly or may take several months. At TP Legal & Associates, we’ll support you every step of the way. We offer representation at all court hearings including:
– Mention Hearings
– Conciliation Conferences
– Readiness Hearings
– Interim and Final Contests
Children’s Court Representation
We represent all parties to proceedings in Children’s Court cases and do so with empathy for everyone involved.
Children Under 10 Years Old
If a child is under 10 years of age, the Children’s Court may appoint an Independent Children’s Lawyer. At TP Legal & Associates, Victoria Legal Aid regularly refers children under 10 to our team for support. Our experienced lawyers have the responsibility of reading all associated materials, and then make a decision based on the best interests of the child. Our careful attention to detail and wealth of expertise is well known in the industry, and we pride ourselves on being able to make the best decisions for our youngest clients.
Children 10 Years or Older
If a child is over 10 years of age it means they take an instruction-based approach, telling our lawyers what they want to happen in the Children’s Court. Our lawyers are well-versed in talking to children and teenagers. A number of our lawyers are parents themselves and therefore have an innate ability to make our younger clients feel comfortable, understood, and heard.
Parents and Carers
If we’re representing you as a parent or carer, we act for you and your interests. If you’re not a parent and haven’t joined as a party to proceedings, we can assist in your application to join. We advocate strongly for children to maintain a connection with their family and caregivers where possible and will fight for your rights and the rights of your child. TP Legal is one of the few law firms in Melbourne able to offer expert specialised advice and strong advocacy skills in relation to your Child Protection Matter.