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Jason Bryce, Business and Finance Specialist

SingleMum.com.au Expert Opinion Panel

Jason Bryce, Business & Finance Specialist




Jason is an expert business, finance and consumer issues journalist.

Specialising in personal finance, debt, consumer issues, payments technology, e-commerce and banking, Jason has previously worked for ABC TV Lateline and 730 report, The Sunday Mail, Herald Sun and a number of radio stations. He contributes to magazines, newspapers and is online business and finance news services.

Jason is a proud single dad of three children.

Keep up to date with the latest Centrelink news and information at Jason's Facebook page, Centrelink News

Follow Jason on Twitter @JasonBryce

Jason's personal website is www.jasonbryce.com

Articles written by Jason Bryce for Single Parent Australia

The seven big changes to family and child care benefits
Centrelink Family Tax Benefits saved
Centrelink Family Tax Benefits updated
Single mothers targeted by Centrelink's robo-debt campaign
Centrelink 2017 cuts single parents should know about
Centrelink Family Payment Cuts Are Back
Which banks will help me leave my abusive husband?
Centrelink Family Payment Cuts Are Back
Are you living in poverty and don't even know it?
Young mums at the frontline of new Centrelink 'revolution'
Family Tax Benefit cuts - are you losing money?
10 government cuts that you didn't know about
The Australian single parent guide to tax time
When will I get Part-2 of my 2016 Schoolkids Bonus?
Election 2016 - the single parent's guide
Budget 2016 for single parents - 6 things you need to know
The Government Funded Child Dental Benefit Scheme Is Ending
Centrelink welfare cuts - government targets single parents again
When will I get my Schoolkids Bonus?
Will parliament pass Tony Abbott's cashless welfare card for parents and the unemployed?
First trial towns for Healthy Welfare card announced
Schoolkids Bonus payment date information
Meet Joe Hockey's "welfare-rich" single mums
The complete single parent's guide to Budget 2015
Has the government declared war on stay at home mums?
Update on the future of Family Tax Benefit Part B
Which families are losing their Family Tax Benefits?
Shock poll verdict on Centrelink income management
Parenting Payment & Newstart Recipient Income-Management Poll
Single parent anger over Centrelink income-management trial
Centrelink Single parent income-management trial
Is the single parent's pension being abolished?
The 2015 Schoolkids Bonus Guide
A single parent guide to January 1st Centrelink & Medicare changes
Children's bank accounts - which have the lowest fees?
The top ten 2014 Budget cuts you didn't know about
Single Parent Budget Guide 2014
It's back to the future for single mums as abuse and discrimination grows
Schoolkids Bonus Poll Results
Schoolkids Bonus Poll
Schoolkids Bonus to be paid in January 2014
Single parents to Tony Abbott: Don't leave us behind
Debt Rescue Myths Busted
Single Parent Budget 2013 report
How The New Centrelink Newstart Changes Affect You
Children with behavioural issues can get help
Complaints about Centrelink and Child support
Government Puts Child Support Last
Child support, income tests and Centrelink cause stress for single mums
Hundreds of thousands of single mums reap windfall in payments
Kaching! Apple, Google and the banks fight over our wallets





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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