Blended families should be recognized – New Child Support Formula Case Study 8


This is our eighth case study.

This is Jade’s story:

Jade – Please tell us about your situation?

I have four children.

The father of my eldest 2 died in 2004 and my husband to date has been supporting my children and I since 2006.


I don’t get child support for my eldest 2 for obvious reasons.

My husband pays close to 900NZD a fortnight and after expenses of rent, utilities and car are paid we are left with barely enough money for groceries let alone any entertainment etc.

I am unable to go back to work for 2 of my children have a medical condition which often ends up with them in hospital and my youngest is 4.

How much did you pay on the old formula?

$1400.00 AUD per month

On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?

$1800.00 NZD per month

Are you happy with the new formula?


What are your main reasons for not being happy with it?

The ex gets more than enough for one child.

She is remarried. They are both self employed and my in laws buy anything my stepdaughter needs as well as pay for all her outside school activities.

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?


What else would you like to say?

Blended families should be recognized.

Equality for all. My children should not be excluded.

The fact that his parents step in and do everything for his daughter should be included in our assessment.

Jade – thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

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1 Comment

  1. Jade,
    I am currently going through the court system to get my husband declared a legal step parent.
    Once he is declared a step parent, he can then add my children (his step children) as dependents into his CS calculation – as long as my two children are not already in the IRD CS system for paying or receiving CS.

    Unfortunately, I will need to withdraw my court application, as my children are already in the system for CS and he cannot add them as dependents, but reading your case, I think this would work for your two eldest children, as their father is not alive and therefore the children are not in the IRD CS system.

    I have spoken to a women at the IRD in depth in regards to ‘legal parent’ and their take on a ‘court declared step parent’. I have also spoken to two customer support ladies on their 0800 number, they were both from different ends of the country and they have confirmed that this is okay and can be done.

    Jade, look into it anyway – best of luck 🙂

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