Community Online Resource Essentials (CORE)

Community Online Resource Essentials (CORE) are free interactive guides to help people dealing with common legal problems without a lawyer. CORE currently includes a module about applying for recovery orders from the Family Court. 

CORE takes you step-by-step through the relevant law, with practical tips, ‘how-to-DIY’ videos, sample letters and forms, checklists, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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      Recovery Orders

      You may need to apply for a Recovery Order if someone else has your child and is refusing to bring them back to you. This guide has videos from experienced family lawyers, checklists, sample letters and information about what to do before, during and after a court hearing in the Family Court of WA.

      Past CORE guides

      The CORE guides about Mortgage Stress, Interim Family Violence Restraining Orders, and Criminal trials in the Magistrates Court have been updated and moved directly onto our website as part of our other Self-help kits and guides.

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      For comments, feedback or questions about CORE, please email our CLE Division


      Reviewed: 9 May 2019

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      Access free online guides, simply by choosing a username and password.

      Having trouble paying your home loan?

      The Mortgage Stress self-help guide can take you through the different options if you are behind in mortgage repayments.

      Applying for an FVRO?

      If you decide applying for an FVRO is the best way to help keep safe from family violence, our Interim FVRO guide can take you through the application process.

      Representing yourself?

      A guide to defending yourself against criminal charges in the Magistrates Court


      The information displayed on this page is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia aims to provide information that is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information provided on this page or incorporated into it by reference.