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Legal Aid Rally - Legal Aid Matters

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The current state of legal aid funding leaves many vulnerable Australians without access to justice.

Australian lawyers and social welfare organisations have come together to address the current crisis in legal aid funding. The crisis is affecting the delivery of justice for some of society's most vulnerable members, many of whom are children caught up in family law disputes.

Our aim is to achieve:

  • An adequately funded legal aid system
  • A cooperative, nationally consistent and fair approach to provision of legal aid
  • Access to justice for all

Come and join the Rally on the Crisis in Legal Aid Funding

When: Wednesday 28 April, 9.15am – 10am
Where: Forecourt, County Court, corner William and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne

Speakers include:

Former Chief Justice, Family Court, Alastair Nicholson; VCOSS CEO Cath Smith;
LIV President Elect Caroline Counsel and Victorian Bar Robert Richter, QC.

If you can't attend the Rally, remember to write to your local MP asking them to invest more in Legal Aid, to work with the States/Territories to achieve a fairer system and to ensure broad access to justice for all.
Find them at

Supporters include Victorian Council of Social Service and Federation of Community Legal Centres
For more information

You can read the official Legal Aid Rally - Legal Aid Matters PDF flyer here download pdf document

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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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