Women and Separation


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Coping after Separation 

Supporting women struggling to raise children alone without the presence of the other parent following separation, divorce and domestic violence to reduce child vulnerability, poverty and homelessness.

Many estranged wives wish to institute legal action against their husbands to get them fulfil their legal obligations to support the children financially but cannot afford to go to court. Going to court can be costly.

Legal information, assistance and services for custodial parents access financial support. You get help to resolve child maintenance disputes, access child maintenance services, know your rights and responsibilities.


Child Maintenance Arrangements and Collection

Divorce Mediation

A free service to help separated parents resolve child maintenance disputes assisted by a neutral third party mediator. They resolve parenting disagreements and reach an agreement without going to court.

This is often the best way for separated parents work out financial arrangements for their children assisted by the mediator. They work out an agreement for child maintenance and avoid the court.


Maintenance Enforcement

Child support agencies m administer child maintenance payments to promote parental responsibility so that children receive financial support from parents even if they live in separate households.

Services are available to a parent with custody of a child who has a parent living outside of the home. Working with both parents together or separately.

They provide the following services to families:

Locating absent or noncustodial parents.

Enforce child support services.

Establish and enforce support orders.

Modify orders when appropriate.

Collect and disburse payments.

Help survivors of family violence access child support services safely.


Child Helpline

Social Welfare Department



Empowering Separated Mothers for Child and Adolescent Well-being

Separated Parents: Child Maintenance Arrangements and Payments