With my 10 year old, I became pregnant using donor sperm to become a sole parent because I wanted a baby but not a husband. I was in a really good role in my work, was able to put money aside and take some time off after the baby came along, and was overall in a good position financially. I had a job to go back to after having the baby too. Back then there was no baby bonus or paid parental leave that I've read up on now. Obviously since I left my job to move, and nobody will hire someone who's pregnant and certainly not in the type of position I was in before, I won't be able to claim the paid parental leave, but might be able to receive the baby bonus. At the moment I'm receiving Family Tax Benefit and living off savings and a payout.
The whole system is so confusing, I did everything possible to avoid claiming anything from Centrelink in the past because of the amount of forms and the questions that I didn't seem able to answer because no answer fit their tick and flick design. This time it's completely different. I don't know how long I can live off what I've got, I'd say up to 18 months from the time I left my job which doesn't give a whole lot of time after the baby to find a job. And that's a stretch.
I also read that I'd have to apply for child support but there are exemptions in the case of domestic violence. While it wasn't domestic violence, I'm still guessing it fits the same description.
In short, how hard/easy is it to claim the baby bonus or anything else as someone who is a single parent from the start, no relationship break down?