I Am Not Sure If I Will Be Receiving Child Support – New Child Support Formula Case 14

Mountains NZ

This is our fourteenth case study.

This is Sara’s Story:

Sara – Please tell us about your situation?

Three children, Eldest has been alienated and is in father’s care full time.

Her younger brother is still in 50/50 shared care.

My youngest child (on paper) is in her father’s care 40 %. (But IRD have swapped this around, so now it shows her as being 40% in my care)

My partner pays support for his daughter whom we have every 2nd weekend, she lives out of town so we cannot have her more often.

I work part-time and earn less than $20 000 a year. I paid child support out of a benefit, too.

My exes asked that IRD collect money from me, it wasn’t compulsory.


How much did you pay on the old formula?

Received $18.40 a month, payed $18.40

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

Paying $74.30, can’t tell what I will receive

Are you happy with the new formula?


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

I am not sure if I will be receiving child support, as my letter only has a liability amount on it.

I am already paying most of my children’s school expenses and am just making ends meet.

My partner will effectively be helping me pay child support when he has his own daughter to pay for.

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?

Unsure…would depend on family situation, some schools are more expensive than others etc

What else would you like to say?

I would like someone independent that I could go to for advice and help who could advocate on my behalf with IRD.

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

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