Time with our Children Should Then be Automatic – Case 112

This is case study number 112

This is Robert’s Story:

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

We have 6 children between us.

My wife has 2 children and I have 4.

We each have one of our children living with us, my wife’s daughter is at university needing financial assistance and I have 3 from previous relationship coming every second weekend without fail.

In addition I am still paying for lawyers fees to gain access at $120 per fortnight simply because the mother said no under any amicable agreement.

The new child support assessment has put an immense amount of financial pressure on the family.

I am happy to have my children more as they wish too as well – however their mother says no …. just because she can.

My wife receives intermittent small amounts of child support due to him being self employed and decorative accounting not to mention part of a very wealthy family.

The children choose not to be part of his life nor has he tried in any way to be part of theirs.

The supposed living allowance under the new formula is no way realistic – maybe at a backpackers with no kids.

We are scraping the barrels as it is to survive whilest all working, ex’ s enjoy family holidays overseas and around the country.

At one point my wife’s daughter took off to live with a father that had never had any formal access and paid $36 a month in CS – she had to pay him $300 a month.

However 2 months later she was back home and I continued to share in her care.

Unfortunately now I won’t be able to afford to contribute towards sports or other necessities or treats for my children.

As a father you are forced to pay for your children through IRD if mum does not agree to a private arrangement – and why would she.

We as a family are not sure what the future holds for us however I guess we will just have to keep going and make the necessary adjustments and sacrifices.


I could talk forever on this.

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?

A paye employee is being financially raped by the government.

I don’t have the luxury of working more hours for extra money as this will affect me and my family next year – because who knows if the overtime will still be there.

We are a family unit earning just over threshold for WFF yet not considered a family unit for CS.

Government states men have to be financially responsible for their children – fantastic!

Time with our children should then be automatic. Why then do we also have to pay through the courts for access and or shared care.

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?

Not sure

What else would you like to say?

CS capped at 40 hours.

Automatic shared care of children

All children in household considered in assessment.

If you have to fight for access via nz courts the mother should forfeit good percentage of CS.

Robert – Thanks for sharing with us.

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