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Seeking Newstart single parents

$50 Coles/Myer Gift Voucher for participants

University of Melbourne | Jennifer Podesta
Study open period: 9am, 1 April 2013 - 6pm, 30 June 2013

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the impacts of the recent welfare changes in Australia

I am a PhD student at University of Melbourne and my research and thesis are looking at the impacts of the recent welfare changes in Australia on single mums and their kids.

I was a single a mum myself and know full well how tough it is to raise kids alone and I believe that my research will help inform policy makers on the real impacts of their decisions on the lives of families.

I am especially interested in speaking with families in Melbourne and regional and rural Victoria but will certainly go further afield if there are mums willing to help me out.

When people come forward to have their voices heard by researchers and policy makers it is possible to effect change and I hope that this research can contribute to this.

All research will be conducted confidentially and anonymously and there is a limited number of $50 Coles Gift Vouchers for suitable participants.

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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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