This is case study number 107
This is K’s Story:
K – Tell us about what is going on with your situation?
I have 3 children, 10, 7 and 3. Their dad left when the youngest was 2 weeks old. He also has an older child who is nearly 15.
I only came off the sole parent benefit earlier this year after studying to better myself and my children’s lives. I registered for child support but know there is no way I will ever see a cent.
He has not paid for his older child for over 5 years, and even then apparently he didn’t pay much at all, owing more than $75,000. (He did tell me he was paying when we were together, but lied).
He changes jobs, starts his own businesses, gets cash jobs, anything possible to get around paying child support. IRD claim they can’t find a bank account in his name.
Our working for families got cut right back under this new system.
They estimated his earnings (from who knows what and where) and I “should” be getting around $7500 per year from him.
I spoke with IRD yesterday, who said it was probably better to file for withdrawing from Child Support, as his track record for paying was terrible and we would get more to help my family that way.
Which means if he were ever to actually pay I wouldn’t see any of it.
How much did you receive on the old formula?
On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?
Are you happy with the new formula?
Has anything (outside of the new formula) changed that may have contributed to the change in amounts that you will recieve/pay?
Am completely unsure where they got their estimate of how much the paying parent should be paying considering he dodges all ways of IRD knowing where he works and they can’t find employment details or a bank account in his name.
What are your main reasons for being not happy with it?
His estimated earnings is much more, which brings my calculated earnings up higher, making working for families lower which effects how I can look after my 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?
IRD, help parents that don’t receive anything from their dodgy ex partners. It’s not fair.
K – Thanks for sharing with us.
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