Ird are taking 40% – New Child Support Formula Case Study 7

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This is our seventh case study.

This is Gina’s story:

Gina – Please tell us about your situation?

We have four boys between us two teens are my boys whom we have full time , and two younger boys are my partners.

We have gone from $174 per mth and having my step children two nights per week for tea and every second weekend.

We now have them overnight 5 nights a fortnight. And have to pay $722 per mth.

Their mum is on a benefit.

We have put in a change of circumstance for the shared care but been advised it takes 8 weeks minimum to reassess and in the meantime we are required to pay the full amount.

If we do not I was told we would be paying penalties regardless of when the request was put in.

Ird are taking 40% of my partners wage which legally is all they can take.

Under the new formula even if we had 50/50 care we still have to pay $300 per month, as she is receiving a benefit.

She can access 20 hours free childcare and with the 5 nights we have them that’s a lot of free time!

My partner works 12 hour days and with the extra nights we have taken on we have to fit 6 of us in a small 3 bdrm house which we rent.

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I also work full time to its a real juggle.

How much did you pay on the old formula?

$174.00 per month

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

$722.00 per month

Are you happy with the new formula?

No

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

Step families are not recognized.

My partner is s wonderful father to all four of our boys and works hard.

He receives the equivalent of $6 an hour in the hand after all that ird take from us. How is this fair.

I can’t claim working for families unless I declare his income, yet my children and I don’t count in the formula?

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?

$150

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

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