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