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Complaints about Centrelink and Child support
Jason Bryce | 9 July 2012

How to complain to Centrelink or the Child Support Agency
The five biggest issues that infuriate parents about the Child Support Agency
About ten per cent of calls to the Centrelink tip-off line involve single mothers
Sometimes Centrelink puts mothers under surveillance more...


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Government Puts Child Support Last
Jason Bryce | 24 February 2012

Must read for single parents – how child support debt is prioritised last. Three big government inquiries in recent years have highlighted massive inequalities in the government's treatment of single mothers but the only actions that are being taken are improvements to inefficient service delivery more...


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Child support, income tests and Centrelink cause stress for single mums
Jason Bryce | 15 February 2012

Among the most stressful tasks facing a single mum is asking for and collecting child support from their ex-husband more...


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Child Support - taking matters into your own hands
Single Mum Australia Exclusive!

Erin Smyth, Lawyer

When it comes to child support most mothers initially think of utilising the Child Support Agency to determine the amount of money the father should pay and also to monitor this process and review the amount if need be. There are however, two other options that can be utilised by single mothers more...


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Money Matters - Maintenance and Child Support
De facto entitlements
Single Mum Australia Exclusive!

Erin Smyth, Lawyer | June 25 2011

The end of a relationship marks the beginning of the necessity to make new lifestyle decisions. Where will I live, who will care for the children, who will pay the children’s school fees, how will I manage financially and how will assets be divided? more...



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

kids

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.

Centrelink

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

divorce

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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