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Child Support Assessment from 1 July 08 under New Scheme - Dramatically increased & set to rise again

Received advice of new CS assessment under new formula and cannot afford to pay

I am new to this site - so please excuse if I have placed this in the wrong area.

I have just received advice from the CSA re my new assessment which is set to begin from 1 July under the new formula and it has increased by 50%.

We are struggling to pay the current amount and now am worried on how we will pay this!

My situation is this: About 15 years ago in my late teens I had a "brief" relationship with a girl for 2 weeks.  Three months later she came to me and told me she was pregnant and wanted money for an abortion.  So I hocked some of my belongings and give her the money and never heard from her until another 7 months later, when she came to my door with a son and asked for money because I was the father.  I gave her money and shortly after I received advice from the CSA re her lodging an application.  Since then I have paid for the last 15 years - never heard from her again and would not have any idea where she is.

I have since married and now have 2 sons with my wife.  During this time we have paid the child support without question.  However I have found it increasingly hard to make ends meet, as my wife can no longer work full time, due to looking after our sons (one has a medical condition requiring home care at this stage).

Then the other day I received new advice, from the CSA, that from 1 July 08 under the new formula my payments will increase by another 50% - we are already in the red and there is no way we can afford to live when it goes up again (and once they get my next tax return it will go up another 50% - doubling the amount we are currently paying). This is based on the formula, as I have no contact with the child and the mother's child support income is $3,295, so my income percentage is 91.32%.

I rang the CSA yesterday and explained the situation and was basically advised "bad luck" - and maybe I should think about contacting my local Member of Parliament.  Wow that will help us make ends meet - thanks!

Does anyone know of any avenue I may have to have this altered?
Have you used the Calculator on here to compare against what they say and also the CSA's own estimator?

Paying for 1 teen means that after the deduction of the self support amount ($18252), you pay a maximum of 23%.

What I've done is reverse engineer the calculations. By my reckoning with 1 teen and I've assumed your 2 sons as minors.

That you will be paying around $657 per month on a taxable income of somewhere around $63600. I hate to say it, but I can't see that as being that bad and you've only got to last out for another 2 years and 5 months (2 if you exclude the months until July).

Perhaps consider this if, you had had three teens you would have to pay $917 per month.
I've used the CSA estimator and it came out quite close to the amount in the assessment. And I guess the $655 a month may not seem that bad in some circumstances, except that I am now trying to soley support my wife and 2 sons and there just isnt enough to meet the basics let alone trying to find the increased CS amount.

With the self support + dependent allowance my income is $62k
Hi.

I was just wondering if your son's medical condition is severe enough to qualify you to object to your assessment through Change Of Assessment process.

Someone else here could tell you under what ground/point that would be. I think it might be under reason 2. His costs may give you grounds to lower your other assessment. This however needs supporting evidence eg. medical certificates but if it severe enough for your wife to have to quit work then it should be given some thought.

I totally understand where your coming from my husband's assessment goes from $400 to $1100 per month.

Jodie
I totally agree with what HubbyPays has written.

You have "special circumstances" which should allow you a reduction through CSA.  My hubby's payment has gone up over $5,000 per year even though currently, he is being "paid back" from his ex of over $3,000 due to her lying re her income which of course, took us month to prove and will take her over a year to pay back without penalty.

Definitely, put in a Change of Assessment asap as it will take a few months for CSA to get their act into gear and look into it.  I am pretty sure it falls under Reason 2 on the CSA website section of COA's.

Good luck!
simsam said
My situation is this: About 15 years ago in my late teens I had a "brief" relationship with a girl for 2 weeks.  Three months later she came to me and told me she was pregnant and wanted money for an abortion.  So I hocked some of my belongings and give her the money and never heard from her until another 7 months later, when she came to my door with a son and asked for money because I was the father.
Can I ask, was evidence given to you that the child is yours …
Thanks all.

I'll look into the Change of Assessment option.

His medical condition can become quite serious if not managed properly - so I guess it could fall under one of the categories?

Re the part time option, would be great, but isn't really an option in my field.

To be honest, I'm happy if one day I get a knock on the door from my other son - but the idea of sharing any care I don't honestly feel is an option.

Re the proof - I had a DNA test done not long after I got notice from the CSA.
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