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National Parenting magazine looking to talk to parents who may not fall into the traditional family set-up

Seeking a single mum and a lesbian couple that have used a sperm donor
Parenting magazine | 23 May, 2011

10 years ago, a family unit meant a dad, a mum and a child. But in the past few years we as a society have matured. Women in their 30s and 40s do not want a relationship only for the sake of having babies. Because they have realised they can still be loving mothers without fathers.

If you are such a single mum or a same sex couple - who have chosen to use sperm donors to get pregnant, we would love to know more about your situation. What are the challenges you face but why you think this is the best decision you ever made?

Please contact me at with your full details, a paragraph or so on what your current situation is and why you made the decision you made and if you would be happy to share a photo of yourself to be published in a forthcoming issue of our magazine.

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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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