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Canberra Single Parent Support Groups and Programs

Australian Capital Territory - Canberra - Women's Information and Referral Centre (WiRC)
Women's Information and Referral Centre (WiRC) is a confidential and free ACT Government service, which provides information and referral to support women in making informed choices and achieving self-determination. They also organise domestic violence and separation support groups
www.dhcs.act.gov.au


Australian Capital Territory - Canberra - Canberra One Parent Family Support
Provides family support to single parent families with dependant children. Support provided through personal support, advocacy, information, referral and transport when needed. Home visitation is possible
www.parentlink.act.gov.au


Australian Capital Territory - Canberra - Marymead Child and Family Centre Family skills for women program - Separated Mums Group
A six week course to assist women to better understand their feelings and their children´┐Żs feelings following separation, and to develop new skills that will help them to parent and strengthen their relationships with their children. Lunch provided. Assistance with transport and childcare available if needed
www.marymead.org.au



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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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