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Erin Smyth, Lawyer Regular Contributor

Erin Smyth, Lawyer

Erin has a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Arts. Erin practices exclusively in family law and de facto matters.

Erin commenced as an Associate of Camatta Lempens in July 2009. She has experience in all areas of family law and de facto property matters and also matters involving children.

Erin can you assist you in dividing assets, including the splitting of superannuation and in obtaining child support payments and or spousal maintenance payments. Erin is also able to assist you in negotiating and formalizing care arrangements for children.

Erin's hobbies include international travel and spending time with her family and her pug dog Oscar.


Bachelor of Laws and Legal practice - Flinders University
Bachelor of Arts - Flinders University


Amnesty International
Women's Lawyers' Association of SA Inc member
Law Society of South Australia
Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Member of the RSPCA Constitutional Committee

Articles written by Erin Smyth for

Shared Care and Parental Responsibility

Child Support - taking matters into your own hands

Changing the name of your child after separation

Relocation - Whose Rights Prevail?

Money Matters - Maintenance and Child Support

Children and Separation - Protecting You and Your Children

go to the Camatta Lempens website

You can read more about Erin at the Camatta Lempens website.

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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