This is case study number 36
This is Craig’s Story:
Craig – Tell us about what’s going on with you?
I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE IRD FOR CREATING 2 MORE FATHERLESS KIDS and add some more unpaid money to the 6.3 billion already owed, with their BS social experiment.
When my marriage ended I was primary care giver (stay at home dad) and my ex provided the income, I did have part time job when boys were at school.
I have 2 sons my eldest who is now 19 lives with me and has not had contact with his mother for over 2 years.
My youngest is 13 and I have had to spend over $10,000 to try and get some quality access with him as my ex would not abide by our arrangements.
I achieved a minimal 3 nights every second weekend and half the school holidays ( 1 week mid terms and 2 at christmas) not great but better than nothing.
2 weeks after court date I got assessment from ird for child support ( this was 2 1/2 years after split) assessing me to pay $800 per month with no mention of my eldest boy in any way, it took 5 months to sort that one out dropped my payments to $595 and in January finally started to get money from my ex a miserly $260 per months for 2 months, as my eldest turned 18 in december.
My payments then jumped to $804.90.
I have managed to survive until now believing that in April it all changes and they take her income into account.
I now have to pay $845.90 ($10100 per year) as they have my income wrong as is assessed on a calendar year ( I have 2 Christmas periods with big overtime in them) just the way it worked out with the pay clerks holidays and I have my son 0% of the time when in fact I have court ordered 116 nights per year.
I know compared with some people my situation is very minor but I now have a shortfall every week as they assess on last years income which has about 8k worth of overtime, there is no guarantee to get this, I have asked on numerous occasions to assess monthly they will not.
I earn good $$ but have a shortfall of $27 per week just for essentials food power morgage etc
$ 10100 per year gives my ex over 20% pay increase.
And not have my son over every second weekend as I cannot afford to have him here.
How much did you pay on the old formula?
On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?
Are you happy with the new formula?
What are your main reasons for being not happy with it?
You cannot combine 2 incomes from 2 people that do not live together I now have to pay 63.8% of an imaginary income I do not make in fact i make only 63.8% of it.
17k before tax is not enough to live on my food bill is more than that.
If the cost of a child is relative to what I earn my living allowance should also be relative
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?
What else would you like to say?
Just some thoughts on this social experiment.
Although there is some good things trying to be done their application and logic is flawed
1- I think that they are breaching the privacy act as I now know what my ex is earning with the information in my assessment it not hard to work out
2- you cannot combine incomes of people who do not live together
3- if you do not reach the line in the sand for shared care the time that the non custodial parent does have his/her kids should be recognised
4- if access to the child is being denied they should not be rewarded with an extra income
5- living allowance should be a realistic figure
6- for kids living in household with blended family if child support not being paid for them they should be a dependent
7- money paid should have to be accounted for not just paid into ex bank account to be spent as they see fit
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