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Parliament House Family Law Forum

Family Law Forum

Parliament House, Sydney | 13 December 2010

Parliament House Family Law Forum

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Justice for Children is holding a forum on changing family law to protect children and in particular whether the Shared Parenting Bill that went through parliament recently will help. AND will the proposed amendments to Family Law (draft bill open for comment til 14/01/11) help? We hope to discuss any gaps between these changes and what we really need AND any ACTION we could take to get the results we want.

PLEASE join us!


When: MONDAY 13 December, 11.15 to 2pm (strictly timed as it is very hard to get a booking!)

Where: NSW Parliament Macquarie St Sydney - the Waratah Room from

Please email your thoughts, questions, comments, etc. to Ariel here

Contact details:

Ariel - Email: fixingflaws@gmail.com

There is also a forum dedicated to this upcoming event in the Single Mother Forum for any online comments or discussions at the SingleMotherForum.com





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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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