This is case study number 84
This is Megan’s Story:
Megan – Tell us about what is going on with your situation?
I have 2 kids with 2 different father’s, my husband has 3 kids with 2 different mother’s.
My 2 girls live with us and 2 of hubby’s kids live with their mum’s, the 3rd has left home.
My husband pays $700+/month in child support for one child, doesn’t pay for the other by mutual agreement.
We receive $380/month for my youngest, nothing for my oldest by mutual agreement.
My ex who pays has 5 children, 3 girls he has nothing to do with and 2 boys who live with him.
He has not seen or wanted to see our daughter since she was 6wks old.
I filed for child support when she turned 5yrs old and she is now 6yrs old.
He is now sending me abusive messages demanding that I get the child support stopped because he is struggling … Not my problem and while I feel for his situation his child support payments are why we get to eat.
I filed for child support so I could provide for the kids, there was literally nothing left for food, school expenses or clothing after all the bills and my husband’s child support was paid – we even reduced kiwi saver payments to try and make ends meet.
The barrage of abuse I get from my ex is part of the effects of the new schedule, I get his frustration as it’s the same as ours but I’m not stopping his payments at the detriment of the child he has but ignores.
How much did you pay on the old formula?
$750 pay / $200 receive
On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?
$780 pay / $376 receive
Are you happy with the new formula?
What are your main reasons for not being happy with it?
I’m not happy as individual circumstances are not taken into account.
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?
People are unique and have different needs, therefore it’s important to treat circumstances individually for what they actually are and not to make assumptions about what they should be. There will never be a set amount that caters fairly to everyone involved.
Megan – Thanks for sharing your story.
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