Apparently My Step Son Doesn’t Exist According To The Formula – Case 24


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.

That the new system seems to favour the custodial parent without regard for paying parents ability to pay.


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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  1. My partner is going to be paying $780 per month which I think is wrong as he surports us as a family of six and when he called ird about his child support he got told it doesnt make a difference and he would also have to prove the two children we have together are his I think the service he got at ird was appalling and rude when he pointed out that he had been made redundant and did not earn as much at his new job he pretty much got told its not their problem as they take it on the last finacial year . Well in my opinion it should all be on the situation at the time . You know its funny when you work and your ex has to pay child support to you ird cant be bothered chasing them but if you are paying and your ex is on a benifit they will chase you till you pay talk about double standards .

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