I recently received notification from CSA that my ex is now on a "multi-case Allowance". I contacted CSA to ask what this was about.
CSA were contacted by my ex claiming he was now "separated" and he is "paying" his partner child support.
Whilst I can prove that he still resides with his partner and their child and they are in fact in a "marriage-like" relationship, it is of no concern to CSA "apparently". As long as he claims he is separated and paying her that's all the proof they need to maintain the "multi-case Allowance". I have asked for the objection to be pressed further.
This is a chap that earns aprox. $40K per year, has major care of our two children, has a child with this "separated" partner, selling his house etc etc. Perhaps with the help of Centrelink Payments he could afford to pay child support to her but still…
It is a concern to me mainly because he has told me nothing about separating from this person, he and I have shared responsibility for OUR two children, yet if they need to maintain "separate lives" who is looking after our children if she shouldn't be?
I could ring CSA and say I'm separated now, show a letter from my parents saying I'm living with my partner till I find a suitable place to live, get a separate bank account etc etc…start claiming single parenting payment for say one of my children, whilst my partner "keeps" the other and he too claims the single parenting payment..all the while we aren't really separated now are we But this is not how I operate.
How can I protect myself from any additional cases that my ex adds to CSA?
How easy is it to say that you're in a relationship with someone, had their child, lived with them for a while, separated, paying child support now (where in fact you aren't - maybe paying them grocery money) and such when Jane Doe is just someone helping you with a claim, the child is really Fred Smiths and that Jack Jones is pulling the wool over your eyes?
This post may sound like a rant however, it's more about finding a way to protect myself and others who have fallen into the loop hole.