Joe’s Story – New Child Support Formula Case 4

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Case study number four.

Joe is like many of us, hardworking and trying to do the best he can for his kids and his family.

This is Joe’s story:

Joe – Please tell us about your situation?

I have two children to two previous relationships.

My wife and I have a 3yr old daughter between us and my step son who is 11. He is in our care full time.

I pay for all his schooling, clothing, food, etc. his father hasn’t paid a cent in years.

I dont see my eldest daughter as I wasn’t welcome by her mother and grandparents.

My middle daughter I see when I can. I work away alot.

The living allowance ird give the working fathers is a joke, my rent a year is $24000 plus expenses. I pay my child support every week.

I work hard to support my family to give them a nice house, food on the table etc.

With these new changes I wont even be able to pay my rent.


How much did you pay on the old formula?

$840 per month

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

$1550 per month

Are you happy with the new formula?


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

Supporting my family.

Not including my step son in the equation.

Paying for a child whom I’ve not seen since she was 1 1/2 years old.

Fair across the board for all parents.

Getting the ones whom don’t pay there child support.

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?

$400 per child.

Why do we think Joe’s payments have increased so much

Previously Joe would have recieved a living allowance of around $32000 taking into his account his partner and the two children living with him that he supports.

He may also be earning a great amount, prior to earlier calculations.

Under the new formula his partner and step child are no longer realized, meaning a drop in the living allowance provided to him.

Joe – thankyou so much for sharing your story with us.

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1 Comment

  1. This new system pays attention to no individual cases. Who is going to support the children he has and his wife? Its a joke. I take care of my 2 children and my ex is required to pay for them. I am a full time student as well and receiving the benefit since I had married at 21 and had my children. I was supported financially by my husband till we separated 2 years ago, after 11 years of marriage. My mum has helped with making life amicable for our children and he has them every weekend and can see them once in the week if he chooses. I have spoken to him about the changes that if he is expected to pay what he cannot afford I can give some back so he is not pinged from the system. I share perhaps so families can make it easiar on eachother.

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