This is case study number 26
This is Geoff’s Story:
Geoff – Please tell us about what’s going on with you, and your family?
I have a daughter in Thames and she has twin brothers to a different Dad.
All 3 children are in the full time care of the mother. I am not sure of the boys situation.
Both of us father’s are paying parents, I am a dairy farmer and the other father is a branch manager so very nice other incomes on both sides.
The mother works while the boys are at school with top ups from winz.
The child support she receives plus her total monthly income would be on the vicinity of around $3000.00.
How can someone justify not calling someone receiving this much as having a second income. The mothers work wages may as well be loose change in the pocket.
I have moved on set myself up again with a new partner who I have married, I am also her daughters step father.
In this new system they are not included and yet they are my immediate family.
We get less than $30.00 a month for my step daughter. My wife is 27 weeks pregnant and has not been working due to a medical condition.
How am I supposed to support my family, pay bills, petrol to get my step child to school as we live rurally etc given my ludicrous amount.
This new formula and system is financially crippling for some.
If anything our saving grace is our baby due late May – early June to lower the payment amount.
Anyhow through the mothers own dictating ways and even though trying all ways of asking for contact over the last 4 years the mother has said no.
We have been through counselling and mediation and even a fair DNA test and contact at Bernardos she said no to.
So after all fair requests on my side over 4 years she says no.
Why should I be paying stupid amounts why am I not able to apply with evidence to either have child support set at the old monthly minimum or because the receiving parent is making life difficult why should she not be forfeiting all child support?
How much did you pay on the old formula?
$150 per month
On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?
$700 per month
Are you happy with the new formula?
What are your main reasons for being not happy with it?
No allocation for paying parents families. When we also receive but at a trivial amount I am left to support my family and pay the bills.
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?
150.00 depending on situation
What else would you like to say?
Those who wrote the new system need to be lined up with the Bali 9 drug smugglers.
This new system will cause
3. Financial hardship
4. Families breaking up
6. Married couples having children to keep amounts down
Geoff – thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
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