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Considering separating with my husband to get single parent pension

Answered 1 year ago

I'm about to lose my job, it's full time and my company is going to freeze our entitlements so we can't even take our paid annual leave and as it stands we are not eligible for any kind of government assistance but we are also struggling financially and just making ends meet as it is, I guess we are what they mean when people refer to "the working poor". I want to move out with the kids in to a family members property so I can claim single parent pension until the world finds some kind of normality, My husband can keep paying the house and utilities while I feed and clothe the kids.
Is this idea totally crazy? Morally skewed? Legal?


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1 year ago
Don't do it.
I lost my job yesterday. I am now unemployed. And yes it sucks, it's going to be hard. But I am not prepared to do something illegal. We will manage. It will be very tight but we will manage.

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1 year ago
^ Hugs babe ❤

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1 year ago
When I separated from my husband it took 6 months and a mountain of paperwork before I received any money. Not worth it at all in my opinion. Look for another job ASAP. I lost my job because of CV and now working at a supermarket 🙄. Not ideal but it’s money and will help me ride out this storm. some industries are thriving because I’d this. Look there for jobs

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1 year ago
When I seperated from my ex it took half an hour. I went in to the office with the documents signed saying we had split and the DVO stating he wasn't allowed to contact me or be within 100 metres of me and his bail records stating he wasn't even allowed in town and the processed it then and there for me

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1 year ago
If you own your house consider renting it out for a while as you rent a cheaper property/all of you (including your hubby) move into your relatives home. Alternatively some banks are freezing mortgage repayments temporarily if you contact them.

Don't split, it will cause more stress to your kids who are coming to terms with job losses from parent/s and then a divorce. If caught Centrelink will make you pay if back anyway with a large fine.

You may be eligible for Newstart soon depending your hubbys income. Talk to them about it. Even if he earns too much for a full payment you may get a part one. You may be able to access an additional financial hardship Centrelink payment and can apply to get $10 000 from your super if you are struggling.

Don't feel bad about paying for your Dad's chemo as having family alive and well is more important. Money troubles will eventually pass and you'll be thankful for having him here.


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1 year ago
Hang in there babe ❤

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1 year ago
If you separate purely to claim a pension then yes it's illegal. It's also immoral. What are you teaching your kids? Finally, it's stupid. It's going to take a while for your application to be processed and to see some money. Please rethink your plan

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1 year ago
Won’t they also come after your hubby for Child support payments? Won’t your mortgage/bank accounts/cars etc need to be separated now? Wouldn’t you need someone to vouch for you too or did I read that wrong somewhere..? They will phone you up to discuss CS and you’ll have to lie.. I feel like this would be a nightmare, especially since you will get a lot of support... and just take a deep breath.. it will pass

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1 year ago
How will you manage when centrelink find out and you need to pay back every cent + fines? See if you’re eligible for Newstart, the eligibility has changed due to cv, the amount is also rising to a liveable amount.

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1 year ago
I think it's temporary for 6 months or so. My apologies if I'm wrong ;)

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1 year ago
Stay with your husband. Apply for the new job seeker payment ( it was new start) do your application online late at night or very early morning before the site crashes again.
It’s about to go up to $1100 odd a fortnight. It’s not much, but it might help. You may find you are eligible now as they have removed a lot of the criteria.
If you meds to speak to your mortgage probably Oder, utilities providers, make sure you mention that you have lost your job due to the Corona virus ( yes, you must say corona virus) they all have new policies that will be able to help you

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1 year ago
Claim your super abs your husbands super. Do it a tight budget. Apply for Newstart or study allowance. The guilt will eat you up otherwise

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1 year ago
There are pages to fill and you need proof of hardship

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1 year ago
No you need to have lost your job. Times have changed the govt announced it yesterday they made it easier

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1 year ago
Can't you apply for new start? Freeze mortgage repayments for 6mths. Get super if you have to but this idea is wrong. Sorry going through this and good luck to you X

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1 year ago
So so so sorry you're going through this but could you imagine what Australia would be like if everyone did that? We'd be even deeper in the shit :(

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1 year ago
Thanks for your reply, I guess I know it's wrong or I wouldn't have come here to ask opinions, I don't really know what else to do, days before this started I just used all of our savings to pay for my dad's chemotherapy because they told us he'd die on the waiting list, I have financially ruined my family.

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1 year ago
I didn't write this answer to you but don't do Centrelink scamming you can get caught an it'll f you up. If people lose their jobs you can claim 10000 from your super it's not ideal in the long term but you can do it to get yourselves bu

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1 year ago
OP - you haven't ruined your family. Please don't go down that road.
Help is coming so please be patient. You need to be strong for your babies. You'll be ok ❤