Citizen Or Slave? – New Child Support Formula Case Study 2


This is our second case study. Like many of us Daniel has been severely hit by recent changes to the child support formula.

This is Daniel’s story:

Daniel – Please tell us about your situation?

I pay child support for one girl. I have two kids that live with me and my wife.

I have paid for 15 years child support. It’s always been tough – a mental headache.

I should pay and I don’t mind that but I feel the govt just punishes me and my family, the new system has wrecked us financially and it’s taking its toll on me mentally.

I feel ird and the govt just don’t care. Im a nz citizen but get treated like a slave.


How much did you pay on the old formula?

$271-00 per month

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

$540-00 per month

Are you happy with the new formula?


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

Not happy as the living allowance is not based on my income only the children are and the mother of my children (wife) doesn’t come into it anymore.

It’s impossible to survive on the new system Maybe it’s better for some but what about the ones that arn’t. What about my kids and family.?????

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?

$350 per month

What else would you like to say?

I’d like to know why we had no say in this.

I’d like to know why and how the govt think like this. If they were going into debt what would they do?

I pay taxes. I have for 23 years.

My ex and her partner used to cheat the system! For years – now I don’t even know where they or my daughter is.


So I get stuck with the 100%

Daniel – thankyou so much for sharing your story with us.

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1 Comment

  1. I read somewhere that parents that work together to financially support their children do the best work, I think the IRD should give the paying parent an option to establish a private agreement based on the following guidelines:

    1. a bank account is setup for each child or children, each parent pays an agreed amount, (say a 50/50 split) each parent can see this bank account and everything is fully disclosed. (which is just like us adults we have joint bank accounts and pay our rent / home loan and day-to-day living expenses from this account). Of course it may take a few months to initially establish a dollar figure and it may increase depending on the age of the child but this way each parent can see what they are contributing, you can also get an EFTPOS card for this bank account and keep all receipts.

    2. if one parent fails to pay their portion, then there is a 3 strike rule, then IRD should get involved to enforce this set amount and if they do collect it from PAYE deductions then it can be paid to this joint bank account.

    I’m a paying parent as well as a custodial parent and I can see it from both sides,

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