This is case study number 139
This is Emmy’s Story:
Emmy – Tell us about what is going on with your situation?
We are paying parents living in Aus, paying directly to IRD NZ.
My husband has one child in NZ – South Island. We have a younger child together.
Before we planned our baby, we decided it was best to save for x amount until had enough saved to cover bills for a minimum of 1 year to take the pressure off hubby etc.
It has been life saver!
Husband has never been allowed to see his child, unless the money was paid directly too her, which is impossible due to her being linked with winz.
Husband works 60 plus hours and I stay at home with our young child.
My husband’s x is receiving a pension/single parent so money goes straight to govt, which is fine.
People assume that we make huge money in aus and drive 50k plus cars and have these expensive homes with pools.
We dont!!! the cost of living here is extremely high, despite what you have heard. Yes petrol is cheap but that’s about it.
In the end it was either I go back to work, which I am not happy about as we saved for a very long time for me stay at home with the baby and being forced back into the work force makes me sad. or my husband is too go self employed, making as many tax deductions as possible to bring this income right down.
We are in the processes of my husband going out on his own. So sad that we felt this was the only way without struggling.
Him working 60 plus, plus me working 30 plus hours just didn’t make sense.
I really hope they re look at the system.
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?
Massive increase without warning. IRD have told us that it will keep increasing even if he only earns an extra $500.
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?
Husband did earn $1500 more last financial year, but the increase in child support is way too much for that amount.
Emmy – Thanks for sharing with us.
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