Clearly the Rate of Liability is Not Related to the Rate of Care – Case 127

This is case study number 127

This is George’s Story:

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

I have 2 children in shared care with my ex.

Under the old system I paid $112 per month and claimed $74 from her (which never got paid).

I see my children nearly 50% of the time, have tried to get her to agree to 50/50 but were told “it stays 60/40 with ird”.

Under the new system she pays nothing and I pay $325 per month.

Nothing about the care arrangements have changed.


How much did you pay on the old formula?


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


Has anything (outside of the new formula) changed that may have contributed to the change in amounts that you will recieve/pay?

No. I did manage to get a recognised 6% increase in care which dropped my liability $13 per month.

Worked out as a month that’s 1.8 days. clearly the rate of liability is not related to the rate of care. If it was my liability would be only $99

Are you happy with the new formula?


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

It in no way reflects the cost of raising children.

If a parent has 50/50 care and pays 50% of expenses there is no need to have child support payments.

Its double dipping.

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?

If a parent has 50/50 care and pays 50% of expenses there is no need to have child support payments.

What else would you like to say?

The best thing we can spend on our children is time.

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