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Centrelink Laws - specifically relationships?

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    Posted: 26/February/2019 at 17:46
Hi,

So I am in a relationship with my girlfriend. We are both on Disibility Support Pension. We do not live together. She wants kids. I would like to know, if we have a child but still don’t live with each other, would we both be still eligible for single rate of DSP?

If not, does anyone have experience with this? Special provisions?

“If we decide you‘re a member of a couple but you believe this will cause unfair hardship, contact us on your regular payment line. We may consider you as single under special provisions in the Social Security Act 1991. We assess each request on a case by case basis.”

Thanks

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26/February/2019 at 22:11
The test for a couple is a little more than just living together. Financial support comes into it. Having a child is a big responsibility, and proper support is necessary for the child, this will involve you making payments to the mother towards the upkeep of the child.

Now whether this will impact your single status I'm not sure, but whatever happens your disposable income is going to be impacted.

The other thing to consider will be 'is it really fair to be bringing a child into the world if you can't properly support it?'

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  Quote Cen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27/February/2019 at 08:48
I have no problems making payments

I was worried about going on the single rate of DSP because it would not be enough money to raise a child, that's why I wanted to know because


Single rate $916.30
Couple rate $690.70

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