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28 December 2016 | Call to suspend Centrelink system after single mother receives $24,000 debt notice
A low-income single mother says Centrelink wrongly issued her a $24,000 welfare debt just before Christmas, the latest in a series of complaints about the agency’s new automated compliance system.  Go to the news website...

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Single mum election news 12 May 2016 | Election 2016: Malcolm Turnbull bailed up by mum 'Melinda' during first campaign encounter
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has had his first unscripted moment of the election campaign, confronted by a single mother worried about educational opportunities for her two sons. Go to the news website...

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Family Court news 13 April 2016 | 60 Minutes crew face jail term over attempted child 'rescue' in Lebanon
THE brother and sister at the centre of the botched Beirut “rescue” are subject to Australian Family Court orders Go to the news website...

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Family Court news 10 February 2016 | SA woman in Australia’s most expensive divorce
SA woman in Australia’s most expensive divorce claims Melbourne law firm drained her trust, left her with just $5 to fight her case Go to the news website...

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06 January 2016 | Single Parents Struggle Most to Get a Good Night's Sleep: Study
Single parents - mums in particular - operate on fewer hours of sleep and have poorer sleep quality than adults in other types of families. Go to the news website...

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11 November 2015 | Labor to back selected family payment cuts
Federal Labor will back government plans to cut family payments to parents with children over 13 years old. But it will oppose family tax benefit part B cuts to grandparent carers and single-parent families. Go to the news website...

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Centrelink news 21 October 2015 | Family payments: what will the proposed changes mean?
It will also boost family tax benefit part B for single-income families with a child under one by $1000 a year, but cut the payment to single parents with children over 13 from $2737.50 to $1000 a year. Go to the news website...

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14 October 2015 | Senate votes in favour of cashless welfare card trials with Labor backing
The final vote – 37 in favour to 10 against – reflected the Labor opposition’s decision to support the legislation after it said it had gained assurances about the details. The government also persuaded most crossbenchers to back the plan, despite some of them expressing reservations about the adequacy of community consultation. Go to the news website...

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IVF single mum by choice news 26 September 2015 | Single parent families on the rise in Australia
SINGLE-parent families are now the fastest-growing family type in Australia. While the numbers of couples with children will grow by up to 40 per cent over the next 20 years, the numbers of one-parent families will soar by up to 70 per cent. Part of this growing demographic trend are single women in their late-30s who are putting their search for Mr Right on the backburner and starting families alone Go to the news website...

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Single mum news 23 September 2015 | Nine years of 'Welfare to Work' failed to increase single parent employment, study finds
A new analysis of the Government's 'Welfare to Work' reforms has found it failed to increase single parent employment in Australia. The study commissioned by Anglicare shows that up to 150,000 disadvantaged single parent families and their children were pushed into potential poverty as a result Go to the news website...

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ADHD single mum news 15 September 2015 | Living standards will decline for single parents, unemployed people in next decade, report says
A report released today by one of the country's leading economic modelling centres has warned the growth in living standards will dramatically slow over the next decade — and more worryingly, actually decline for some of the country's most disadvantaged groups. Go to the news website...

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ADHD single mum news 19 April 2015 | Single mums, pregnancy complications and hospitalisation during childhood linked to ADHD
BABIES born to young single mums are more likely to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to groundbreaking Australian research. And children with ADHD are 70 per cent more likely to have been hospitalised as an infant, suggesting inflammation and infection may affect their brain development Go to the news website...

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Most Recent Australian Single Parent Statistics...

There were 901,637 Australian single parent families with children under 15 in 2011


or, 743,000 were single mum families, or families "headed" by mothers

Source: 2011 Census

Percentage of Australian families with children aged under 15 headed by a single mother (*2008)


The Northern Territory has the highest rate of single parent families in the country (*2008)

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008

Of the overall number of Divorces in Australia in *2009


(49,448) divorces that involved children under the age of 18yrs

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, December 2010

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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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