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?
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17-06-2013 11:41 #1
How does it work for single mums now?
17-06-2013 11:44 #2
Also, if I choose not to keep the baby, I'll still have the baby for 30 days because that's the rules on adoption, have to wait 30 days from the birth of a baby or 14 days from the time information is given. The baby will obviously need clothing, blankets, carseats, a bed, etc, but the new parents would probably need the baby bonus as well, so I'm not sure how it would work there.
17-06-2013 11:59 #3
In your situation I'm not exactly sure, have you spoken to any of your counsellors etc RE info on this? It's not a 'normal' situation but like with the child support thing there would have to be allowances or something?! They are cutting the baby bonus out, are you due before then?
17-06-2013 12:00 #4
No idea, I'm due in November.
17-06-2013 12:51 #5
So you'll need to talk to a social worker at centrelink that can give you an exemption from child support. Just show the the police report and I'm sure you won't have any trouble, every social worker I have spoken to at centrelink has always been very nice. Plus there isn't any way you can even try to get child support even if you wanted to ( which I know you don't). You should still get the baby bonus if you keep the baby ( it cuts out in Feb 2014). If you claim it then choose adoption within the 1st 6 months you would have to repay it (I think). With my foster child I claimed the BB as I have long term placement and have had him since birth so his birth mother was not able to claim. Make an appointment with centrelink to discuss everything ahead of time so you have some piece of mind.
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