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2011 Archive

Participants required *CLOSED* Edith Cowan University | 01 April 2011 - 30 June 2011
Children’s construction of meaningful relationships with parents post-separation
...looking for teenagers (13-17 year olds)...we want to talk to teens about how they manage their relationships with their parents after family separation and we’re keen to talk to teens in a diverse range of situations, such as different care or living arrangements read more...

Participants required *CLOSED* Australian Government | March 31st - Sunday April 3rd 2011
Customer Journey Mapping: Interacting with Government Services - We are inviting women who are separated from their spouse, and who have primary care and custody of dependent children, so we can hear their views about the experiences they have when interacting with government services like Centrelink, Medicare, the Child Support Agency, etc. read more...

Participants required *CLOSED* Edith Cowan University | December 2010 - 31 March 2011
Mothers in Australia: The Good Mother Syndrome and Resilience - Part 2 - Dr Bronwyn Harman, ECU Perth, has launched the second stage of her research into single mothers. This research investigates resilience, self-esteem, social support and life satisfaction in Australian single mothers. Any single mother in Australia, whether it be through separation, divorce, death or choice, of any age, is eligible to participate read more...

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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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