We Have Worked Out That Both my Wife and I Would be Better off Financially if we Separated – Case 115

This is case study number 115

This is Greg’s Story:

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

My daughter lives full time with my ex-wife (we would be happy to have shared custody however my ex will not allow this).

I have since remarried and live with my wife and our 2 kids.

My child support payments have more than doubled under the new formula.


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?

We were planning on my wife cutting back on work hours later this year as our eldest son has some health issues which we need time to deal with, we are no longer able to afford to do this.

We also have an 18 year old car which we are now unable to afford to replace while my ex drives a late model luxury car while working minimal hours.

As she relocated to another city we have to pay full travel costs whenever we want to see my daughter – this cost is not taken into consideration.

We have worked out that both my wife and I would be better off financially if we separated – how is this possibly a good system when it costs more to stay together than to separate?

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?

We are not eligible for family tax credits as both my wife and my income are taken into account and collectively we earn too much.

My child support assessment does not recognise that I have a partner to support and the amount that I am paying is the same regardless of whether I am single or not.

These 2 IRD departments contradict each other in the way their formulas are calculated.

I don’t care what they say to try and justify this, as far as I’m concerned it is ridiculous.

A standard adult annual living allowance across the board of $17,687 in 2015 is completely unrealistic.

Whoever came up with this amount is well and truly out of touch with reality.

This equates to $340 per week which in most parts of the country will not even cover rent let alone mortgage payments.

Greg – Thanks for sharing with us.

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