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The costs of childcare in Australia is one of the highest in the OECD but with one of the lowest participation rates

Financial vulnerability poses many negative impacts on families and children however unique challenges such as the cost of childcare and property settlement and parenting matters, appear to present children with more challenges than merely being reared by married parents.

Power and control are not compatible with intimacy: Cohabiting couples and finances

Money causes tension when there isn’t enough, when it isn’t allocated correctly, and when there are different ideas surrounding its purpose. And the conflict tends to grows out of a lack of understanding and communication around money and how it relates to the couple relationship.

Cohabiting couples: The link between experience of financial hardship and personal psychological distress

An Australian study has shown that there is a strong link between experience of financial hardship and personal psychological distress (Creed, et al, 2006).

Negotiating a financial arrangement: Cohabiting couples

A major finding of recent research into the effects of cohabitation on subsequent marital outcomes is the potential detrimental consequences of ‘sliding’ in relationships rather than ‘deciding’ – that is letting transition events ‘just happen’ rather than making a considered, unambiguous decision.

Financial management is often a source of conflict for couples.

Money causes tension when there isn’t enough, when it isn’t allocated correctly, and when there are different ideas surrounding its purpose. And the conflict tends to grows out of a lack of understanding and communication around money and how it relates to your relationship.

How do I help couples have meaningful, skill-building dialogue around money?

"Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, and the sum of blessings." - Carl Sandburg

Remarrying couples: Children and career choices and examining the assumptions couples often make about this transition

Encouraging remarrying couples to discuss their expectations with regards to children and their career, what happens now, how that might change and more importantly how the couple and their children might feel about those changes is critical.

Remarrying couples: Negotiating your own roles and the roles and rules for their biological and step children

Encouraging individuals to discuss their expectations with regard to children, what happens now, how that might change and more importantly how the couple and children might feel about those changes is important.

"After two years, I still feel like an outsider.” - a stepparent.

Whilst marriages are lasting longer - those that do end in divorce are lasting 12 years, which is two years longer than they did 20 years ago - however the probability that a marriage will end in divorce has been increasing over the decades. Based on the nuptiality tables, around 28% of marriages entered into in 1985–1987 could be expected to end in divorce. This proportion increased to 33% for all marriages entered into in 2000–2002.

Remarriage for couples in their second and third marriage face unique challenges 

Stepfamilies face unique challenges. While a significant percentage of marriages in Australia will end in divorce, (around 1 in 3 according to research (Jain, S., 2007)) a larger proportion of remarriages will end in divorce. According to 2015 Australia Bureau of Statistics data, marriages where both partners were marrying for the first time accounted for 71.9% of all marriages. The proportion of remarriages for both partners increased from 11.5% in 2014 to 11.7% in 2015.

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