It Should Be Worked Out on the Cost of Raising a Child, Not on the Income of Individual Parents – Case 126

This is case study number 126

This is Lindsey’s Story:

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

Two sons, aged 9 and 11.

One stays with me 57% of the time one stays with me 50% of the time week about.

I work full time have to pay morning care and after school care.

Ex works four days a week, and has a 2 yr old daughter to another father who as I understand doesn’t pay much as he isn’t working.

They have supposedly separated and hes not living at the same house.

Until she started to claim CS we split school/sports/ medical costs 50/50 I did pay for all of the boys swimming fees.


How much did you pay on the old formula?

Paying $1547, receive $73

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

Pay $828, receive??

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

My pay went down last year.

Are you happy with the new formula?


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

It should be worked out on the cost of raising a child, not on the income of individual parents.

It costs the same in every house. In my situation it takes money from my income and subsidizes my ex and her daughter, I don’t get to spend that money on my boys and they don’t get it spent on them at her place because some goes towards the daughter.

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?

In 50/50 situation none.

What else would you like to say?

If the custodial parent is on a benefit we get told how much it costs to raise a child and that’s what the benefit gives.

As soon as both parents work the government says the fair way is to use income levels to assess CS.

How can it be different?

How is that fair to either the parents or the children involved?

The old system and the new don’t encourage or help parents have as much involvement with their children as they should.

Lindsey – Thanks for sharing with us.

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