This is our tenth case study.
This is Vanessa’s story:
Vanessa – Whats going on with your situation?
My husband has a 13 year old daughter who he/we have paid Child Support to for the last 10 years or more.
The payments have always been paid on time and are currently not in arrears – I say currently as we do not have the financial means to pay the new assessment and will not be paying the full amount.
My husband and I have two sons together, one is 4 the other 2 and I am 23 weeks pregnant with our third.
Prior to starting our family, I worked full time and we saved hard and did without luxuries to pay lump sums off our mortgage so one of us (which is me) could bring up our family and run our household on one income.
The mother of the 13 year old has been on the DPB and not had any employment during this time.
How much did you pay on the old formula?
$304.92 per month
On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?
$503 per month
Are you happy with the new formula?
What are your main reasons for not being happy with it?
I am not happy as the IRD do not recognize me as needing to be financially supported by my husband, I cease to have any expenses in their eyes and our right to be a one income household and bring up our family has been denied.
Not only would no one hire me at the moment, I would not be able to find a job to cover childcare costs after this baby is born, let alone support myself and top up the WFF we would lose.
The IRD think it’s okay for a child to get $125 per week while the 4 of us try to live (doctors, medication, clothes etc) and maintain our house and any unforeseen expenses on $68 after meeting our other financial obligations such as a mortgage, power etc.
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?
$300 per parent for a 13-18 year old
What else would you like to say?
I think there should be a threshold for child support being taken from Income.
I.e, beneficiaries are allowed to earn $80 per week without it affecting their benefit, why can’t paying parents have the same deal, so if they work over time, it doesn’t affect the following years assessment if they are within the threshold.
My husband at the moment either doesn’t work over time or does work for free to stop his income being inflated.
Vanessa – thank you and good luck with your administrative review, make sure you keep us updated.
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