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I think I already know the answer to my questions but I'll put my situation of here & see what you all think.

I'm a separated father with 2 children aged 12 & 7. Separated after 15 years marriage. No drugs or violence or anything sinister we just grew apart.

Children were on a 50/50 shared care arrangement (no orders). 12 year old has recently decided to live with his mother full time while 7 yr old is still 50/50. My taxable income is $95k while ex's is $72k. Monthly child support is approx $800. (up from $340)

I have a new partner with 3 children. She earns $15k & gets no Child support from kids father. She currently gets various Govt allowances of about $600 per week.

We've decided to move in together & this is where the confusion/frustration starts.

CSA says despite the new situation my CS payments don't change as my new partners children are not my responsiblity (?) unless I adopt them in 2 years time.

Centrelink will reduce her allowances to about $200 per week because she now has a partner (Me) with a good income. Our new rent is slightly less than the combined rent of our 2 current houses.

So, by moving in together we are financially disadvantaged by approx $1800 per month.

Any thoughts/comments/ideas or tips on this?

"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant."

 
I am pretty sure that you can get your stepchildren included if you can proof that you are financially supporting them. I was reading that somewhere, but I am not 100 percent certain.
It's pretty hard to get step children included, you could try though. I think this is another area in which the legislation is flawed.
Firstly if you adopt your stepchildren and then in future break up you could be liable for child support for them as well.

Unless their other parent has died, you probably can't include the stepchildren as dependants unfortunately.

In regards to their father there are a few questions: is he currently not paying and building up a debt (which may be collected in the future)? or is he on a income support payment and only assessed to pay the minumum rate? Also does their father have contact with the children or not and is it possible for him to have them for more time and therefore contribute directly to the childrens needs?
My partners childrens father has opted to have no contact with them at all since their parents separated 7 years ago. According to CSA he either earns $0 or a very low amount. He's in QLD somewhere, we're in Sydney & have no info on his situation. It only became a concern when we learned the situation it would put us in when we moved in.

To me it's sad that that deadbeat parents (mothers & fathers) buck the CS & Care systems so badly that so many genuine cases of hardship get a tough deal.

"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant."

 
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