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chochang View Drop Down

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Location: Australia
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  Quote chochang Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26/April/2017 at 09:44
Wow. So lodged the dispute regarding change of care. CSA took her word for the change. We have to pay over $100 per week now. The woman still hasn't offered my partner the courtesy of contacting him to confirm things. As far as we are aware, it's just a trial period for the reduced care. Anyway, we will have to bite the bullet and pay it. We are no longer going halves in school expenses or anything else to do with her end. My partner's obligations are going to be fulfilled.

Elle16 View Drop Down

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Location: Australia
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  Quote Elle16 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13/May/2017 at 14:57
I'm really sorry to say - but $100 per week for a child really isn't all that much by the time you factor in food, transport, clothing, electricity and other basic necessities you would be hard pressed to cover half the needs of the child.
Whilst I appreciate your concern for your partner - I've been on both sides as paying and receiving... it is far cheaper to 'pay' the other parent to be there at all times for the child and parent the child and see to their every need then it is to actually bbe the parent who does all that..$100 a week is honestly getting away cheap.

And even though you don't want to hear it, your partner should be more concerned about his child's wellbeing and involved in child's life then worried about a payment to the mother...if you can't work out how to support th child with the sports commitments then it's probably best to let child stay with mother who is obviously keeping the child in as normal routine as possible at this time.

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  Quote emca01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15/May/2017 at 01:35
Ellie - I reckon you want to start reading the thread again.
the mother had stopped the kid spending time with dad.
The dad does most of the travel, including making sure the kid attends sports / extra curricular activities that the mum organises without any conversation with dad.
the mother has decreased her income (according to tax office) while working for cash - basically to cause the dad to have to pay more CS.

The mother reckons the parent should pay child support, school fees and sports... Guess what - the child support agency disagrees - CSA reckon the parent should have to pay $100 a week and the parents are accepting it - even though the reason they are having to pay it is because the other parent has decided to change the living arrangements for the kid. Oh and the dad really should not have to pay $100 but is assessed at this amount because the mum is rorting tax...

So mum decides that kid doesn't need to spend so much time with dad ((how has that got anything to do with the child's wellbeing??) And mum manages to get more $$ outa dad as a result of not letting him see his kid as much as he was previously... Wow that is a win win for mum... and you accuse the dad of not having the kid's best interests at heart - ARE YOU FOR REAL.

Oh and just so you understand my perspective... My ex got about 65% of the assets when we separated, because she was primary carer of 3 young kids. She limited my access to the kids and collected maximum childsupport $400 a fortnight / ftb / single parent payment and also worked cash in hand... 2 yrs later she dumps the kids and runs.... She still works cash in hand and the kids rarely see her... how much child support does she pay? $0.

Elle - how would you go if your ex told you that you were not gonna get to see your kids as often as you had previously and then hits you in the hip pocket for her effort.

Your mistake is that you think CS is to compensate the primary carer for the costs of raising the child. Yep $100 doesn't cover all the expenses of the child - yes it does cost more than that to have a child in the house - BUT CS isn't meant to cover all of the expenses - it is meant to cover some of the expenses based on a complex equation. It is what CSA have determined he has to pay... WHY the heck should he pay anymore? Do you think if he offered to pay his ex $200 a week, she would go to the child and say - Gee your dad is a nice bloke... HELL NO - she would take that extra $100 I'd be willing to bet she would not tell the child anything of it. I'm also willing to bet she would not tell Centrelink about that $100 because it would cost her some family tax benefit.
rant over

Edited by emca01 - 15/May/2017 at 01:47

Irish View Drop Down
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Joined: 02/September/2013
Location: Australia
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  Quote Irish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/June/2017 at 09:56
emca01. I live for your rants! you are so spot on!
Most people don't begrudge paying money for their children at all, it is when children are used as a pawn for less time and more money that it sh*ts everyone!

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