Family Law

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 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 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

Personal Support Unit (PSU) – If you are representing yourself in court proceedings and need non-legal support, the PSU can help.

The PSU is a voluntary organisation with an office in the court building itself. They do not provide legal advice but offer free practical and emotional support to people in the civil and family courts and can accompany you to hearings if required.

If you need help at court, the PSU may be able to refer you to a lawyer volunteering at the court on certain days of the week. Call 0117 366 4809 for more information.

Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre offer LIP Service (Litigant in Person). This is where you can attend at the court and learn about how the court operates. Call 01483 216 571 to find out more.

Contact us

Call 0117 9248662

Email with a brief description of your query and a contact phone number and we’ll get back to you.

Fax 0117 924 8020 Minicom 0117 924 5573

Bristol Law Clinic

Call 0117 9248662  Email 

Virtual Law Clinic

Visit Citizens Advice North Somerset or Citizens Advice South Somerset

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