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New South Wales - Women's Legal Services
Women's Legal Contact Line
T: 02 8745 6988 / 1800 801 501

Mondays: 9:30am–12:30pm
Tuesdays: 1:30pm–4:30pm
Thursdays: 9:30am–12:30pm

The Women's Legal Contact Line provides free confidential legal information and referrals for women in NSW with a focus on family law, domestic violence, sexual assault and discrimination. Advice may be given by appointment.

Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line
T: 02 8745 6999 / 1800 810 784

Indigenous Women's Legal Contact Line
T: 02 8745 6977 / 1800 639 784

For General Advice, please call LawAccess on 1300 888 529, Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm

New South Wales - Law Assist
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Includes advice regarding Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs)
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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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