No Sensible Link Between Income And The Cost To Raise Children – Case 45

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This is case study number 45

This is Neil’s Story:

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

I have 2 teenage girls, have them every 2nd weekend, some of the holidays, been fighting the system for 3 years trying to get them the time they want with me and what was originally agreed on (before money become the incentive to stop access).

Losing ground every month, using savings to pay my mortgage as I don’t have enough income to cover it.

Struggling to build important memories for us as a family due to money constraints.


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 being not happy with it?

Knowing the money paid is not being spent on the children.

No sensible link between income and the cost to raise children.

Paying parents having to fight to get equal access, this will only get worse.

Will take years to break even, yet alone being able to save towards retirement.

Caregivers who could not raise the children without a benefit or CS where the paying parents could raise the children with no hand outs.

Unfair CS makes the children think the CS receiver pays for everything, where the payer is actually paying for much of the costs.

Has anything else changed that could affect the amount?

Seems doing a better job, doing training to advance a career and being paid more is doing me no favours.

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?

A fair child support system is achievable by removing it being used as a tax grab.

Set a fixed cost per child based on the age of the child.

Transparency where both parents can see where the money is going.

50/50 care the starting point to work from.

Neil – thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

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  1. I agree with you 100% Neil.
    I refuse to do overtime at work due to the fact I’ll be paying more CS the next year its recalculated!
    The NEW system makes no sense whats so ever!
    I recently moved jobs, got paid out x2 weeks owed to me, only to know in the back of my head IRD will sting me for this when they calculate my next financial years liability for CS. Yet if I could have taken the time off no penalties!
    I’ve lost sleep and still am over the changes.
    I was lured into a false sense of security thinking the changes would be fairer, but they are the complete opposite to that!

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