Financial aid for parents
THE Child Support Agency and the Australian Financial Counselling and Credit Reform Association have joined forces to offer co-ordinated support to separated parents to help them successfully manage their finances.
They have joined forces to produce a new factsheet Are You Experiencing Financial Hardship After Separation?, to link people with support agencies that can help them in difficult times.
“It’s during the early months of the new year that some people really begin to feel the effects of all the spending we do at Christmas and the costs of kids going back to school. It’s important that parents know there is help available,” CSA’s Hank Jongen said.
“This new factsheet is really useful as it connects our customers to financial counsellors, CSA support services and materials, and other organisations separated parents may find useful, such as legal aid.”
The CSA’s partnership with AFCCRA is resulting in real benefits for people.
“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from clients who have been directed to a financial counsellor from the Child Support Agency,” said AFCCRA’s Fiona Guthrie.
“Financial counsellors are a good starting point to help separated parents get back on top of their financial situation. We can help people prioritise bills and negotiate workable payment arrangements with creditors.”