Ultimately my Kids will miss out on some Basic Items – Case 90


This is case study number 90

This is Kelvin’s Story:

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

I have 5 children. 4 are dependent. My youngest has a different mum.

I have my 3 eldest dependent children at least every second weekend and supervised access for 1 hour per week.

I have always contributed to my children’s extra curriculum activities, bought clothing and shoes as required, we used to go on holiday at least once a year now we are lucky to get a cheap night away or the odd day trip.

I have no issue paying for my children, but thanks to IRD I have had to move in with my mother as I cannot afford a large enough house for me and the kids.


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?

I cannot afford to live independently. I have other financial obligations entered into prior to IRD’S new calculation and I will not be able to meet those obligations.

Ultimately my kids will miss out on some basic items.

Both mothers although more than capable choose to remain on the dpb, therefore no private arrangement can be made.

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?

The new “fairer system” is not only detrimental to me but it has a huge negative impact upon my children who will now miss out not only on the odd treat but also many bare essentials.

I pay more yet the mothers of my kids receive the same. Ludicrous!

Kelvin – Thanks for sharing with us.

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