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Grace Lawson, Business and Finance Specialist

SingleMum.com.au Expert Opinion Panel

Grace Lawson, Barrister-at-Law





Grace Lawson obtained her law degree in 2002 and commenced practicing as a solicitor in personal injury law, criminal law, and family law. Grace's practice quickly became focused solely on family law. In 2013 Grace became admitted to practice as a barrister and now practices at the private bar in Queensland. Her practice includes family law, personal injury, and employment law. Prior to embarking on a legal career, Grace practiced as a registered nurse.

As a solicitor Grace managed complex family law matters involving children, property and child support disputes. She regularly appeared in the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Since becoming a barrister Grace's practice is focused on representing clients in court, and she appears at interim and procedural hearings, at trials, and in appeals.

Grace authors for LexisNexis Australia, drafting complex court applications, orders, affidavits, and binding financial agreements used in family law. She uses her spare time as a sessional academic at the Queensland University of Technology Practical Legal Training Course where she provides guidance to graduate lawyers in trail advocacy.

Grace often speaks at seminars and conferences for lawyers and businesses on a range of topics such as current issues in family law, health and safety in the workplace, drafting in plain English, and effective trial advocacy. Grace also practices as a mediator, assisting parties to resolve their issues, and mediates disputes in all areas of law.

Although Grace is generally briefed by solicitors, she accepts enquiries from the general public, and where appropriate, refers the enquiries to an appropriate solicitor.

Website: www.gracelawson.com.au

Email: grace@gracelawson.com.au

Articles written by Grace Lawson for SingleMum.com.au

How to write a Affidavit
How to self represent in Family Court - Part 2 - When you are in court
How to self represent in Family Court - Part 1 - Before you go to court
Abandoned unexpectedly? A survival guide for the suddenly single parent
How to access your superannuation funds early





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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