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Go to the NCSMC website
National - National Council of Single Mothers & their children (NCSMC)
National Council of Single Mothers & their children (NCSMC) campaign for the rights of single mothers and their children who represent the majority of all sole parent families
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Go to the Community Services website
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We work to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and to build stronger families and communities. In particular, we help those who are vulnerable and most in need. Parenting Articles and Publications, Domestic Violence, Resources for young people, Comprehensive links page and more
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Go to the Family Relationships website
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Family Relationships Online provides all families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationship issues, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution.
It also allows families to find out about a range of services that can assist them to manage relationship issues, including agreeing on appropriate arrangements for children after parents separate
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Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services. We aim to support all Australians to achieve positive and respectful relationships. We are a community-based, not-for-profit organisation with no religious affiliations. Our services are for all members of the community. These services are offered in many locations across Australia. The Services List table provides details on which services are available in your state/territory
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Family Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) is the national peak body for family relationship and support services. Together with our member organisations, we work to promote family and individual wellbeing

Go to the My family is separating - what now? website National - Australian Government - My family is separating - what now?
My family is separating — what now? is an online service developed by the Australian Government Child Support Agency in partnership with the Attorney-General’s Department. The information contained on this website is a guide to help families experiencing separation find their way around the Family Law System, better understand their rights and responsibilities following separation and includes information on services available to help

Go to the Department of FHCS&IA Office for Women website National - Australian Government - Department of FHCS&IA Office for Women
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Go to the Department of FHCS&IA Office for Women website NSW - NSW Government Office for Women's Policy
The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet Office for Women's Policy is a small, strategic unit which develops programs, policies and projects to the benefit of all women in NSW

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Information Sheets and Documents

Parenting Easy Guide - Thinking Divorce? [PDF 137KB]
Divorce is usually a painful process for all concerned - for the person who makes the decision to leave the family, the other partner, grandparents or other family members. It is the children, who have no say in the decision but who are usually the ones most affected

Parenting Easy Guide - Family break-up [PDF 585KB]
When a family breaks up it is usually difficult for everyone. It is like a death which brings with it feelings of grief and loss. Most people need time to get used to the changes and each person’s response can be very different. Parents try to grapple with their own feelings while they make practical and very important decisions that will affect the whole family. Produced by Parenting South Australia

Parenting Easy Guide - After the break-up (residence and contact plans) [PDF 331KB]
After a separation and divorce, most parents want to work out plans for how their children will live. For some this works without too much hassle, but others may need to go to the Family Court to sort out future parenting arrangements. Sometimes parents just can't agree. Produced by Parenting South Australia

Parenting Easy Guide - Single Parenting [PDF 383KB]
Parenting in a single or sole parent household is different in many ways from parenting in a two parent household. Some people choose single parenting, others have it thrust upon them. There are those who choose to rear a child alone, those who decide to leave a two parent relationship and to become a sole parent and those who are left behind with the children. Each path has its own issues to deal with. Produced by Parenting South Australia

Parenting Easy Guide - Stepfamilies [PDF 381KB]
Building a new family is an exciting but challenging time. It needs a lot of time, energy and hard work. There are many different kinds of stepfamilies and each will have different strengths to build on and difficulties to overcome. Produced by Parenting South Australia

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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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