This is case study number 24
This is Aaron’s Story:
Aaron – Please tell us about what’s going on with you, and your family?
Child support needs to be paid for the children, but the new formula doesn’t take into account circumstances of individuals.
I live in a different city to my children and regularly stay there or bring them to me so I can maintain a relationship with them. I’ve been doing this for 8 years now.
I have a new wife, another child which is mine, and a step son….. Apparently my step son doesn’t exist according to the formula.
We don’t get any child support from his father and I help to support him.
The increase in child support means that financially things will be tight, and may result in myself not being able to visit my children, or the pressure breaking up another family.
How much did you pay on the old formula?
$680 per month
On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?
$1040 per month
Are you happy with the new formula?
What are your main reasons for being not happy with it?
That individual circumstances are not taken into account.
That I am taxed on my whole income then child support is removed effectively giving my ex wife a tax free income.
That there has not been an adjustment in thresholds applied to child support or a change in mileage rates, though inflation has increased.
If child support was a set amount per child split between both parents for the basic necessities, what do you think is a fair amount per month per child?
$650 per month depending on ability to pay
What else would you like to say?
Individual circumstances need to be taken into account.
Payments should not start till after any administrative review processes have taken place. In the mean time the previous rate should continue.
Aaron – thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
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