This is case study number 124
This is Scott’s Story:
Scott – Tell us about what is going on with your situation?
My partner and I both have children from previous relationships, her 12 year old daughter lives with us as of early this year, my 9 year old does also. I also have a 3 year old who does not live with us.
My child support has gone up from $58 a week, to $185 a week which completely makes no sense, especially when i now have my 9 year old living with me (her mother passed away last year)
My partner and her daughter are not classed as dependents however without my income they would not have a roof over their head.
My partner works approximately 20 hours a week but because the father of her daughter refuses to admit she is living with us my partner is STILL expected to pay child support until the IRD consider they have sufficient proof (the list of what is needed appears to keep growing)
Between us, We have a combined income of approximately $1000 per week, $250 of that goes on child support.
So what is now happening is that our children are going without so that we can maintain our mortgage payments and keep a roof over our heads.
Ird have been completely unreasonable and just advise and administrative review which in the past i have done with no luck what so ever.
No matter how many people are put in this situation is anything going to change? We can barely afford to put food on the table as we have a mortgage based on the financial assessments done in the past and affordability.
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?
As above, very very unhappy and am considering either giving up current employment or looking at moving overseas.
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?
How on earth did the government get this so wrong! If one size was to fit everyone then why are they not more lenient when its not fitting or even close.
Its like trying to fit a size 5 shoe on a size 14 foot.
Scott – Thanks for sharing with us.
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