Long story short... so I applied for parenting payment partnered (knowing that I'm still legally married) claims four weeks ago and was just granted two weeks ago. So far I've received the payments for twice already but then got suspended. because things went wrong with the system that it DID grant me the payment, before checking that I was still missing a few requirements such as DH's details (also bringing in the person!), and his income details. This is the thing that I'm having troubles with because DH is overseas and due to long term situation,we feel like we are a separated couple actually. And he refuses to help me with PPP because he wanted me to take care of it myself. We are also considering serious separation.
I am still legally married but separated from DH because he is overseas which I've also spent some time living overseas too prior but living under different roof than him (we each lived in our own parent's houses overseas). During our time overseas we had a lot of difficulties and he had pretty much stopped supporting us financially. We only met up during the weekends and any other days DS was not at preschool (our houses' distance was about 1.5 hours driving). We were still in good terms back then (and still are now) and tried to reconcile many times.
However as times went by, I decided to return to Australia (with the hope he'd follow us too), but recently he made up his mind that he did not have any intention to return here ( i think he also wanted to relinquish his permanent residency visa) and also last night I found out something from facebook and at the same time he also told me casually he's seeing someone else (i felt like i had two bombs dropped on top of me). So I've pretty much want to tell centrelink that I'm separated, although I'm still not 100% sure about that.
We have some uncertainties in regards to our marriage at the moment.
Currently, we do not own/share property that is under our names, no joint bank accs, cards, car, loans, etc. We're pretty taking care of our own stuff only now. DH took care of his personal stuff prior to relocating overseas as he's was in debt too ( think he is still in debt but authorities have not been able to chase him). THe only things that still have both of our names are the marriage cert, child's birth cert and medicare card.
So I'm under suspended PPP at the moment, and if i wanted to advise centrelink that i wanted to change it to PPS, what should I really say, and I heard I needed to provide two referees they need to contact to proof that I'm separated (other than family members), but I don't know who I should put as the contacts and centrelink would be the only one to know I'm separated.. as I'm not quite ready to announce the world that I'm separating from DH in a permanent basis, although at the moment I won't welcome him back if he wants to!
I'm in need of urgent $ at the moment as i'm sharing rent with my sister which we pay to an agent weekly. With my PPP suspended because coincidentally it was still missing DH's income details, etc, I hope centrelink won't suspect why I wanted to change it to PPS. HELP me!