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Media Call Out

Media Call Out - Released 07 January 2012

Closes 01 February 2012






CentrelinkNews.com.au & various newspapers
Seeking single mums that have teenage children

Hi single mums,

I am Jason Bryce, a freelance journo, looking for parents of teenagers 16 - 19 years, especially school students but also kids who have left school in year 10.

I want to talk to mums whose family tax benefit payments have increased recently or who have got letters from Centrelink about family tax and youth allowance changes.

Kids who stay at school now attract up to $161 more per fortnight in Centrelink payments than they did in 2011.
Is this helping parents keep their kids at school? Do people know about this big change they have to actively apply for?
Especially like talking to Queensland and Melbourne based families because I write for newspapers in those states.

Thanks, Jason


DEADLINE - COB 01 February 2012

Please respond to this Media Call out by sending an email to media@singlemum.com.au by the above deadline - thank you.






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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