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Single Mother Surveys and Studies

Resilience in Recently Separated
Mothers and Fathers

Seeking shared parenting single parents

Edith Cowan University | Sarah Barabas
Study open from 11 March 2013 - 30 May 2013

working mother family life balance survey - stock photo

Research around divorce and separation in the past has focused largely on parent's shortcomings including identifying and minimising risk. Although such research is important, there has been no enquiry into what factors are most useful to assist mothers with dependent children in coping with separation and divorce. This finding is concerning and given the important role that mothers play, it is critical that they are able to successfully overcome the adversity of separation and divorce to go on to lead happy and healthy lives for both themselves and their children.

So what factors are most useful in assisting mothers to cope with separation and divorce? Knowledge of such factors and constructs that help mothers and subsequently their children through separation and divorce may actually benefit these individuals in a more proactive manner than simply acknowledging the possible problems that may be encountered.

Ms Barbas is currently seeking participants who

  • share (50/50) the care of their dependent (0 17 years old) children
  • or

  • have LESS than 50% custody of their children speak to about what helped the most following separation

Single Dads If you are a residential/custodial dad (have MORE than 51% custody of your children) Sarah would also love to speak with you.

All interested participants will be asked to complete at 60 90 minute telephone interview or face-to-face interview at a location that is convenient for them.

Please contact Ms Barbas to express your interest in participating in this study by filling in this brief form 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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