This is our sixteenth case study.
This is Sarita’s Story:
Sarita – Please tell us about your situation?
My husband and I have a daughter each both from previous relationships.
My daughter lives with us and sees her father every second weekend and when ever he wants to, I’m easy so there is no problem.
My husbands daughter lives with her mother and we are supposed to see her every time he is off work.
I have a private arrangement with my daughters father.
My husband pays child support through IRD as his ex wife will not consider a private arrangement.
With the new changes to the child support formula it sees my husband paying $250 a week for his daughter which we can barely afford.
He rang his ex wife to see if she would consider a private arrangement as we will struggle to find the extra $2800 we are required to, she said she doesn’t care if we cant afford it and it is between him and IRD.
The ex wife and her husband have just bought a $2 million house.
Because my daughter is not my husbands biological child she is no longer considered a dependent.
The ex wife has dropped her declared income to just $18k a year yet is is very clear she has much more financial resources than this.
We have no problem paying child support, we just want the other sides income to be properly taken into the equation rather than hidden as it is not fair for our family.
How much did you pay on the old formula?
On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?
Are you happy with the new formula?
What are your main reasons for not being happy with it?
It is a ridiculous amount to pay for one child.
It is not fair especially when the other parent has dropped her declare income just to make the paying parents payments more, when she has much more financial resources than she declares.
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?
The changes to the child support formula were supposed to make it fairer for each party but in most cases whether paying or receiving parent is not as either parties income can be hidden making the assessment not an accurate.
Dropping the living allowance to just $17k is not a figure that can support one person let alone a family.
IRD need to re look at what makes a family instead of penalizing parents for moving on from a relationship and having a new family
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