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Sarah Bastian-Jordan, Family Law Lawyer

Sarah Bastian-Jordan, Family Law Lawyer

Sarah Bastian-Jordan is a Senior Associate with Phillips Family Law, a boutique law firm in Brisbane exclusively assisting clients in family law.

She has over 10 years' experience and although practising across a broad range of family law areas including property, children, and international abduction, she has particular high-level expertise in complex property disputes.

A mother of two little girls, Sarah appreciates the need for accurate, and above all, practical advice. She is known for her frank and honest approach, attention to detail and making clients feel at ease during what is usually the most difficult time in their lives.

Sarah is a professional member of the Family Law Practitioners Association (FLPA), the Law Council of Australia, the Child Practitioners Association of Queensland and the Queensland Law Society, and you can follow her blog at

Articles written by Sarah Bastian-Jordan for

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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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