This is case study number 23
This is Ben’s Story:
Ben – Please tell us about what’s going on with you, and your family?
I have 3 kids, 2 that I have 1 night and two days every week.
The third decided she didn’t want to come and stay and I didn’t want to have to fight her and her mum over it.
How much did you pay on the old formula?
$530 per month
On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?
$990 per month
Are you happy with the new formula?
What are your main reasons for being not happy with it?
I’m in a blended family now. My wonderful partner and I are making a new life for ourselves and hers and my kids.
We have a mortgage, something I never dreamed possible and now my blended family, my house and my new life are all at risk because of IRD.
I don’t know how I’m supposed to afford my share of the mortgage or the bills.
My kids will now miss out at things like Easter and Christmas because I won’t be able to afford the extras.
There won’t be extras anymore. I’ve cancelled gym membership, my life insurance and paying the bare minimum on other bills now.
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?
IRD have totally screwed this up! My kids mum makes $51,000 a year.
Why am I paying $12,000 a year?
And why am I paying for bums sitting on the dole who pay $10 a fortnight? That in itself isn’t fair!
Why am I being punished?! None of this is fair!
Sort it out IRD, you are breaching the United Nations Charter on this and New Zealand’s Human Rights Policy.
Ben- thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
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