I am 35 weeks pregnant & have a partner who is working full time earning around $45k. I've just started maternity leave within the last 2 weeks. We are not living together as we have had some relationship problems & are working on these. I was advised to claim parenting payment - Single as we are living separately & have no intention of living together until our relationship is more stable.
I went into Centrelink on Friday to lodge some paperwork for my PPL (proof of citizenship etc) and enquired into PPS, and the lady there mentioned that if I was wanting to claim it I would have to have an open Child Support Case.. I asked at this time if we had a private agreement would I still have to lodge a case through CSA - she said no, that I simply need to contact them to find out what he should be paying.
I'm a bit confused, we don't plan on having a child support agreement as such.. We are just not living together and he is not financially supporting me. Can anyone advise on I can do here? I don't fall into the category of a de-facto & he's not supporting me so Parenting Payment Partnered doesn't cover this?