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Does anyone know how to successfully claim their defacto as dependent? We have two children under two so I am not working. Previous to children I was working in a well paying job which accounted for 2/5 of the household income. We were going to file a coa under reason 9 however have been told by many people it is very hard to have it approved. Has anyone successfully claimed this through csa so they take out the defacto's  self support amount before calculating child support?
C$A will tell you to put your kids in child care and get a job. You have to demonstrate that you are not fit to work in order to get anywhere. Even then if you have any financial resources, they will tell you to use them first.
Fairgo is right. It is just the ex who can stay at home, even with adult children, to get extra support of your husband but you still need to work if you have a baby...
Thats bad though can't say I am suprised, childcare not an option my eldest only 20 months and very shy and the youngest not even 6 months. Does this apply even if childcare for the two of them is more than I can earn. I live remote so childcare hours limited and very expensive. So as far as csa are concerned I am a nobody who doesnt need money to survive…awesome. I could understand if kids were school age.
Exactly! CSA told mt friend that she should have thought about having a baby first.
They would never say that to a payee.
sm10 said
Fairgo is right. It is just the ex who can stay at home, even with adult children, to get extra support of your husband but you still need to work if you have a baby…
  That is not true. The parent who has care for a larger % of the time still ahs responsibilities to provide for the children, just as the parent who has less care has to help provide for the children. And also, each individual can make their own choices.

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure"
So you think the payee shouldn't have any respondabilty to financially contribute to their children cause they have more care?

Sorry, but it's true that CSA tells the payer that his wife will need to return to work if they can't afford it otherwise, while the payee can choose to stay at home with a 17year old kid, getting an increase in CS. If the payee would work, CS would be much lower. CS decreases for every other child, but the ammount is rediculous.
Well I have just started working at night, last night first shift & I now do more more hours a week than partners ex who has school aged child and mine are 6 months and not yet 2. My partner leaves for work at 6 is home by 6.30 I leave for work at 6.45 get home anywhere between 10pm-2am then get up for the kids in morning so partner can go to work. Granted I have only been rostered to do 3 shifts per week but now that I am doing these hours we have the same income after tax per person in the house as the ex ( & that doesnt include her new partners income)….pathetic….and we dont get the health care cards etc to go along with it.
I am not suggesting my partner should not pay cs, he should, however his ex should have more responsibility it providing for their child now that he is school age rather than the few hours she is required to work at present
Good on you for working and supporting your family Pilbara, it would not be easy working until 2 am then getting up too little ones 3 days a week. The way the system is, is extremely unfair.

Those who are single with school aged kids (unless there are exceptional circumstances) should be forced onto work for the dole, if they don't undertake employment.
I totally hear you. Hubbys ex quit a well paid job, kids are in their early and mid teens, but apperantly it's to hard for her to raise kids and work, so she reduced her wage to below self support (reduced her hours by 2/3) and here I am working 40 hours per week and studying 25 hours per week for little money (I am not entitled to hecs) to set myself up and to support my children. I will need to work no matter of the children's ages and currently can't even afford a child. My husband can't take a higher workload after working 60 hours, neither can I but CSA thinks we should, while the ex is claiming more and more support, due to her employment choices and lies. How is this fair?
sm10 said
So you think the payee shouldn't have any respondabilty to financially contribute to their children cause they have more care?

Sorry, but it's true that CSA tells the payer that his wife will need to return to work if they can't afford it otherwise, while the payee can choose to stay at home with a 17year old kid, getting an increase in CS. If the payee would work, CS would be much lower. CS decreases for every other child, but the ammount is rediculous.

I have 100% care of a extra needs child and I can assure you that a much greater percentage of my wage goes on DS then his fathers. Add up food, child care, specialist appointments, clothes, activities etc etc etc and CS wouldn't even cover a third of his expenses
I am not talking about small children or children with special needs, I am talking about school aged children only. This is not always the case, CS in our case is excessive and if every child would cost this much, no one could afford them. I certainly can't spend such ammount on one of my children, ever! By the time you add up food, clothes and so on, 500 are still left which isn't going to the kids and I gotta see how to work like mad man to afford having a child. Anyway, I know many won't get as much child support, but I think parents with school age children should work or CS should be paid as if the parent would have at least a minimum full time wage (550pw or something).
sm10 I think 20-25 hours per week is fair as school is only 30 which would still leave large percent under self support amount but I agree that unless special circumstances parents with school age children should work minimum 20-25 hours per week.
I think what would be fairer is that a self support amount be allocated to partners who have children under school age. I feel as though I am been descriminated against as I am not a single parent. Single parents are not expected to work until their child is eight so why is it not possible for a support amount to come out of my partners income until my children are both eight.
I realise that this would stop many re partnered fathers paying child support so why not base it on a formula similar to child support where each income bracket has a minimum support amount plus a percentage. This would also work with single working fathers especially those who pay excessive child support. Your income increases so does your self support amount…
Why cant C$A just treat ALL parents equally?

my partners ex just quit work to get double CS. if my partner quit work there would be no decrease in CS. this is clearly not equitable.
Gecko - Is it fair that a payer pays more because the payee decided to have another baby with another partner and therefore reduced their work hours?
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