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Single Mother Surveys and Studies

Family Law Senate Inquiry

*CLOSED* Justice for Children | May 2011 - to 2012

Do you want to tell your story under Parliamentary privilege?

We are able to help you to legally tell your story, should a Family Law Senate Inquiry be created this year

NOTE - This should not be confused with the current Senate inquiry

In order to participate, our Barrister has offered to facilitate this Pro Bono (free of charge).
To enable him to do so, please fill in the Abuse and Pro Bono contract templates accessible via the following links.

The Pro Bono information must be provided to you by any Barrister representing you, however for the Senate inquiry no solicitor will be required. Providing that you sign the Pro Bono letter and send it back, any information that you provide will be covered for S121.

Please download the required forms by selecting either a Word document (to fill out and email direct) or PDF format (if you wish to print the forms out, fill them in and mail them) from the links below.

Click to open the Abuse template - Word document
Click to open the Abuse template - Adobe Reader PDF
Click to open the Pro-bono contract template - Word document
Click to open the Pro-bono contract template - Adobe Reader PDF

Please be sure to keep a copy of all documents for your own records.

Please mail all printed documents to:

N N P O Box 854
Sutherland NSW 1499

or alternatively, you can email the forms direct to:

Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have questions

Ariel Marguin
Justice for Children

Go to Single Mother Surveys and Studies Index

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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