Bordering on Social Engineering – New Child Support Formula Case Study 6


This is our sixth case study.

This is Robbie’s story:

Robbie – Please tell us about your situation?

I have three kids living with their mother and my partner has three living with us.

Under the new system, my CS has doubled where as my partners has remained the same, if she actually receives any.

Taking into account her loss of WFF payment we are now almost 2k a month down on our expendable income


How much did you pay on the old formula?

$620.00 per month

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

$1400.00 per month

Are you happy with the new formula?


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

It is going to financially cripple us.

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?

$300-400 max

What else would you like to say?

The new formula needs to take into account dependents such as step children.

One size does not fit all and no parent should be expected to stay single forever should their marriage fall apart.

This new system is not fair and is bordering on social engineering.

The other flaw is even for single people you can not live on 17k a year.

It costs more than that just in annual rental here in ChCh.

I can see a lot of liable parents swinging from ropes in trees unless this changes.


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  1. Hi Lisa.
    Your situation is so similar to ours it isnt funny. Would love to meet you guys and share a bit of support if you like. I dont know if admin here will pass on details but I admin the TC3 rebuild page on facebook and you can get in touch via there if you like. Would be great to meet other large blended families in this situation. Robbie

  2. We are in the same situation as Robbie. My partner and I have six children between us. My three live with us full time and my partners live full time with there Mum. We have them every second weekend. We can’t claim WFF because they take into account my partners salary but I don’t count in my partners formula for Child Support. His payments are going from $892 per month to $1697 per month. We live in Christchurch as well. We have been saving hard to buy a house together but now we will be unable to put any money aside because it will be going towards child support. I work full time and receive a good salary and my ex husband is always going for reviews to pay the minimum possible. I don’t believe these payments should be based on a persons salary. You can’t tell me that in one case 3 children should receive $1697 but in another case 3 children only receive $289 per month. There should be a set amount per child that is split between each parent, not one subsiding the other. I feel for you Robbie and like you we will struggle to pay this child support as well as try and live ourselves. This is going to cause a lot of breakups and a lot of tension in many families around New Zealand.

  3. Sad to read this, I’m doing it tough but Robbie would be struggling big time.
    My heart goes out to you I have 3 kids of my own that I’m brining up and for that they give an allowance of $80 dollars a week per child or $12,500 per year for the 3.
    Who can eat for $80 a week ?

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