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Parent Research

Seeking single parents and/or their adolescent/young adult children

University of the Sunshine Coast
Call Out open period: 14 July - 31 December 2017

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Are you a parent who has experienced separation? Are you an older adolescent (aged 16 years or older) or young adult whose parents have separated? We want to hear about your experiences whether they were good, bad or indifferent.

We are seeking separated parents and their older child(ren) to each complete a separate online survey which will take about 25 minutes. The surveys are confidential and neither the parent nor child will have access to the other's responses to their surveys.

Ideally we are seeking parent/child pairs who make up their own unique code which serves to link their survey responses together. However if parents or older adolescents wish to participate without the other we encourage you to share your experiences. Surveys can be filled out at a time that suits each participant. All survey responses are non-identifiable and anonymous.

How to participate

To complete the survey please follow the instructions at

The researchers and the University of the Sunshine Coast thank you for your consideration.

Ethics Approval No. S/16/993. For further information or enquiries please contact Leanne Francia on email

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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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