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SA Shared Care Families Wanted For Research

University of South Australia | Study open period: August 2013 - February 2014




'Shared Care' and Primary Schooling:

What is going on for Children, their Parents and Teachers?


I am a graduate research student at the University of South Australia. I am researching how primary school children living between 2 households (at least 4 nights per fortnight) experience their schooling and how parents and children's teachers manage and respond to these arrangements.

I would like to interview separated or divorced parents with shared care arrangements, their primary school-aged children and their teachers to share their experiences. The benefits for participants include improved understanding of children's experiences of living in two households and attending school, an opportunity to discuss issues of concern around this topic and the potential identification of ways to improve children's experiences.

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of this Committee, Tel: +61 8 8302 3118. This project has also been approved by the Department of Education and Development. My supervisor, Dr Elspeth McInnes may be contacted on 83024042 if you wish to seek further information about the project.

If you are a parent with a child living in shared care arrangements and you would like to discuss your own and your child's participation in the study please contact me on the telephone number or email provided.


This survey is now closed.






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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

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.

Centrelink

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

divorce

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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