I Think it Should be a Set Amount per Child – Case 100


This is case study number 100

This is Laura’s Story:

Laura – Tell us about what is going on with your situation?

My ex husband and I split 2 years ago and since then he has had the bare minimum to do with his children, every time IRD chases him for support he changes jobs or works under the table.

But last years assessment was around 7900 for the year, which I thought fair as I have 3 growing boys who one has medical bills and one travels for sports.

They are in school/after school and daycare. While I work full time.

We live week to week and do not see a cent. The new assessment came out at him paying 60 a week for 3 children.

They have tracked a source to deduct it plus last years back pay at 50 per week. Im shocked at how they work this out As he earns more than me and I have the kids full time.

I will be applying for a recalculate and following up with court.

I really feel for the dads out there over paying child support as well I think it should be a set amount per child.

$100 minimum per week and $50 per additional child.


How much did you receive on the old formula?


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


Has anything (outside of the new formula) changed that may have contributed to the change in amounts that you will recieve/pay?

His change of jobs? Or working under the table.

Are you happy with the new formula?


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

Lack of support to raise our children.

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?

Take parents incomes out of the equation and make child support about the children and about the real costs of raising them.

Laura – Thanks for sharing with us.

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