333 Single Parent Rally for Children's Safety Parliament House Canberra

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Rally for Children's Safety at Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday May 25

Single Mother Support Events

Rally for Children's Safety at Parliament House

Canberra, ACT | 25 May 2011

Single Mum Australia endorses this event

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Speakers to date will include:

Several more speakers are anticipated, including parents who have harrowing experiences of poor parenting arrangement outcomes under the current Family Law Act.

Kids drawings and feelings needed - unidentifiable

It's very important that the experiences and voices of children are a focus of this Rally.

We invite anyone who's children have experienced trauma or feel unsafe about court imposed parenting arrangements to create a drawing or artwork respresenting how they feel, and to write a few words on another sheet of paper expressing their thoughts and feelings. They can just write their age (not their name so they are not identifiable). If possible it would be great to laminate these and either bring them with you to the Rally or send them to:

Carolin Wenzel, Public Affairs Manager
The Benevolent Society
Level 1, 188 Oxford St
Paddington NSW 2021


Complimentary Day-Trip Bus from Sydney to Canberra - We have lots of seats available!

Contact Carolin at the Benevolent Society

email: carolinw@bensoc.org.au or telephone on ph: 9339 8044

Include your name, phone number and email address
Bus will leave near Central station at 6.30am
May pick up at Campbelltown and Central Highlands (on M5 route)
Depart Canberra to be back in Sydney by 6.30pm

All welcome, and please spread the word!

For updated information as we get closer to the event, you can check back here for further updates, or join the (confidential) contact email list by contacting Carolin Wenzel at The Benevolent Society, NSW by phoning (02) 9339 9325 or visiting their website www.speakupforkids.org.au

FLYER PDFs can be downloaded here

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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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