How Much Is Your Child Worth? New Child Support Formula Case Study 1

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Over the past two weeks, since the new child support formula went into effect, we have been inundated with countless real life stories of New Zealand families who are or will be struggling to get by due to the recent changes.

Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing these stories in an effort to bring attention to a seriously flawed and unfair system.

First up we have Apryl’s story:

Apryl – Please tell us about your situation?

I am married with 2 15yr boys and a 14yr stepdaughter.

My sons have not seen their father since they were 5 and we have them fulltime.


I receive $73.00 child support a month which I think is completely unfair.

I work fulltime and cannot apply for any assistance as I have a partner.

Even though he is not the biological father of my children but he is a father in every other way.

My Husband pays child support to the mother of his daughter we have her 5 out of every 14 days.

He has a private agreement.

I struggle to provide everything for my children and feel it is unfair that I receive the very minimal amount of child support.$73.00 a month does not cover anything – At the time of this study I had paid $350.00 in school camp fees/equipment for one of my children.

How much did you receive on the old formula?

$71-00 per month

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

$73-00 per month

Are you happy with the new formula?


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

1 – $73.00 a month does not cover ANYTHING.Sometimes I feel really depressed and upset about this at times. How can IRD possibly think that this is acceptable?

2 – I cannot apply for any assistance as I have a partner even though his child support calculation leave my children out of the equation even though he helps to provide for them as we are a family – but not in the eyes of IRD. I don’t understand this.Its discrimination against our family because we are blended.

3 – My husbands ex wife is remarried with another child – she works part-time and her husband works fulltime. Child support would be calculated against her earnings but as a family unit, her and her husband decided that she only needed to work part-time, doesn’t that mean that my husband is paying extra for his child to subsidise there family lifestyle when as a family she has chosen to work less as they have a younger one.

Luckily they have a private agreement and are reasonable with each other but MANY paying parents do not.

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?

$280 per month

What else would you like to say?

Child support should be the same across the board – people should not get away with not paying what is fair and reasonable because they are on a benefit or chosen to work less.

If they choose not to pay it then the debt should stay with them forever until it is paid.

Parents should also not be condemned to pay crazy amounts of child support for working hard.

The lazy parents get away with not contributing to their children and the hard-working parents get bitten for it and have to pay out huge money with this new system.

If the amount is the same across the board there is no issues and everyone is clear.

The government should NOT penalize blended families for moving on and being a unit. Its plain discrimination.


Apryl – thankyou so much for sharing your story with us!

We want to hear your story!

If you would be happy to share your story with our community – we would love to hear it. Please fill out our Case Study submission.

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