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Poppy Matters, Lawyer Regular Contributor

Poppy Matters, Lawyer

Poppy works in the area of Family Law at Camatta Lempens Lawyers in CBD Adelaide.

Poppy has a Bachelor of Laws and legal practice and has worked almost exclusively in Family Law since she commenced practice with Camatta Lempens in February 2012. Poppy has had experience working on matters in the Federal Circuit Court as well as the Family Court of Australia. Poppy has experience in all family law including:

  • Matrimonial property;

  • de facto property;

  • children’s care arrangement;

  • Binding agreements;

  • Child Support; and

  • Applying for Divorce.

Poppy believes that sensible and realistic advice is the best way to assist parties to reach and amicable arrangement and endeavours to facilitate this wherever possible.

Articles written by Poppy Matters for

How do you change your child's name if the other parent refuses, or is out of contact?

Divorce: What it costs, how long it takes...and some common misconceptions

go to the Camatta Lempens website

You can read more about Camatta Lempens at their website here.

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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