Parents Should be Responsible for their Children’s Basic Needs – Case 103


This is case study number 103

This is Sarah’s Story:

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

We have three children all born in wedlock.

The marriage ended acrimoniously and my husband took all the assets.

Due to domestic violence issues and a horrendous social circumstances I have total care of the children.

No contact what do ever with the father. For the first 18 months he paid nothing not one cent of support or care.

He denied the children, I had no access to any of our documentation and no money to get duplicate papers so despite him earning a lot we received nothing.

Now he has resigned his job choosing to be unemployed to avoid paying anything.

We now get $6.00 per child a week. Some months nothing.

One child is very ill so I am unable to work in paid employment currently. I have been told I can not claim ( back pay ) child support even with evidence he was receiving approximately $120K a year when we had nothing living on food parcels.

The system is flawed


How much did you receive on the old formula?

$72.00 / month for three

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

$33.00 sporadically / for three children

Are you happy with the new formula?


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

It is what it is.

Parents should be responsible for their children’s basic needs. Should not be able to walk away and punish the family by pushing them to a living standard below the poverty level.

I know our circumstance are unusual but it’s the children that have suffered.

They have lost everything in the process their family home belongings sports activities and quality of life because they had the courage to speak out against domestic violence.

The family court process is long drawn out and very fragmented with little regard for the victims

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?

Not sure right now

Sarah – Thanks for sharing with us.

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