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Stephen Page, Harrington Family Lawyers

SingleMum.com.au Expert Opinion Panel

Stephen Page, Lawyer







Stephen Page is a partner of Harrington Family Lawyers, one of Brisbane's oldest boutique family law firms.

Admitted in 1987, Stephen has been an accredited family law specialist since 1996. A co-founder of a domestic violence service, Stephen has been a member since 1999 of a committee for a court based domestic violence service and since 2008 a board member of a charity linking business with the domestic violence sector.

He is a member of several local, national and international family law organisations. Stephen has spoken at local, national and international conferences about family law topics.

He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, amongst other memberships.

A keen tweeter, Stephen is the author of the Australian Divorce Blog, the Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Blog and the Australian Surrogacy and Adoption Blog.

Articles written by Stephen Page for SingleMum.com.au

Tales from the Domestic Violence front
What do you do when your child's father won't sign for their passport?
12 do's and dont's for lesbians splitting up
Staying sane when breaking up
Why I'm going to Nepal to help end domestic violence
Government Acts On Domestic Violence
Father is out of contact - how do I get son a passport?
Can we divorce before our property settlement?

Other national media articles featuring Stephen Page

Surrogacy in Queensland a legal minefield, say lawyers

To learn more about Stephen, you can visit the Harrington Family Lawyers website here or email him here






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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