Lizzie Smith* had three children, including a severely disabled 18 month old. She fled the family home with her children due to domestic violence. Her then husband changed the locks while she was gone.
South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre'ss Outreach Lawyer prepared a domestic violence application on her behalf which included an ouster order. This application successfully removed her ex-husband from the family home and returned Lizzie and her children to the home, with the full range of protective prohibitions in place. He then helped her to achieve a favourable settlement of the property and parenting dispute that had now arisen in the Federal Circuit Court.
Ms Smith said the South West Community Legal Centre had given her advice on how to regain access to the family home after her ex-husband locked her out.
“I have three children, one of whom is disabled and I found myself locked out of my house by my ex-husband,” she said.
“This means that I couldn’t get a change of clothes for the children, access toys or anything else I needed for their care.
“The children and I had to go and live with my mother and I had to use my limited savings to pay for replacement items.
“The South West Community Legal Centre gave me advice about the custody of the children and helped me put an order in place so that I could get back into my house. If I didn’t have their help I don’t know where I would be today.”