Happier but still unfair – New Child Support Formula Case Study 5

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This is our fifth case study.

This is Georgia’s story:

Georgia – Please tell us about your situation?

I have two children, shared care pure 50/50 split with my ex husband aged 8 and 5.

I have a new partner and we both work full time. I earn a good wage.

My ex husband is on the DPB by his own choice. To be honest, there isn’t much incentive for him to find a job as he receives over $600 a week between his DPB, WINZ allowances and a small part time (2 day a week) commission based job that he declares $99 a week from.

My partner and I pay the child support each month but are still expected to pay for half of everything else, such as camp, karate, stationery, brownies, etc etc.

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How much did you pay on the old formula?

$966.00 per month

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

$646.00 per month

Are you happy with the new formula?

Yes

What are your main reasons for being happy with it?

I am only happy because of the amount it goes down.

However, that is the only reason. Even though it has gone down considerably, I still find the system unfair because of what calculation they are using based on my wages vs his and what extra I am supposed to pay for as above

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

What else would you like to say?

I believe that in a shared care situation, it should be null and void. Even if that person is on the DPB.

They receive their benefit yet still expect the paying parent to pay child support AND half of all extra curricular costs.

It seems like dead money and we all lose out.

I also don’t like that if I have another child with my new partner, that my payments only decrease by total by $100 a month – is the system saying that my next child is worth less?

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

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