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Hi there! I am hoping that someone could shed some light for me.

My husband pays child support to his ex for 1 child, she also has another child for which she is also receiving child support for. And my husband and I have 2 children together.

I have utilised the calculators on the CSA website and because she has another child we pay an extra $7 per month. When I take the other child out of the equation the amount goes down.

I have spoken to CSA about this and the scenario I received was that the more children we have also makes the amount go down! Well they are HIS children!

I just don't understand why the more children she has to other people makes us have to pay extra - even if it is only $7 per month. I also don't understand why her other children even come into the equation.

This person is on such good money - works full-time, receives child support for 2 children (who sleep at their grandmothers house 5 nights a week, yet still receives the full amount as it falls under the 'boarding school' category!) and what ever other pensions and benefits she receives, whilst we try to survive on a single income with no government benefits.

What I also don't understand is that when the families of paying parents are going through tough times, there are no provisions to be able to pay a lesser amount. It seems as though the government see the child/ren of the ex partner to be more important and can not go without or endure some of the paying parents 'troubled times', they are seen to be looked after first then the paying family has to scrape and save for his second family.

This makes me feel sick and to be honest with you I can't sleep because of it.

**With regards to my first satement re paying extra for other children I have written a letter to my local member of government who has informed me she will address this to the Minister, but if anyone else could please shed some light as who knows when I will receive a reply!
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Hi there! I am hoping that someone could shed some light for me.

My husband pays child support to his ex for 1 child, she also has another child for which she is also receiving child support for. And my husband and Ihave 2 children together.

I have utilised the calculatorson the CSA website and because she has another child we pay an extra $7 per month. When I take the other child out of the equation the amount goes down.

I have spoken to CSA about this and the scenario I received was that the more children we have also makes the amount go down! Well they are HIS children!

I just don't understand why the more children she has to other people makes us have to pay extra - even if it is only $7 per month. I also don't understand why her other children even come into the equation.

This person is on such good money - works full-time, receives child support for 2 children (who sleep at their grandmothers house 5 nights a week, yet still receives the full amount as it falls under the 'boarding school' category!)and what ever other pensions and benefits she receives, whilst we try to survive on a single income with no government benefits.

What I also don't understand is that when the families of paying parents are going through tough times, there are no provisions to be able to pay a lesser amount. It seems as though the government see the child/ren of the ex partner to be more important and can not go without or endure some of the paying parents 'troubled times', they are seen to be looked after first then the paying familyhas to scrape and save for his second family.

This makes me feel sick and to be honest with you I can't sleep because of it.

**With regards to my first satement re paying extra for other children I have written a letter to my local member of government whohas informed me she will address this to the Minister, but if anyoneelse could please shed some light as who knows when I will receive a reply!
  The reason is within Family Law I think, and that is based upon the concept of a legal duty to support children and the Child Support legislation encompasses this. Unfortunately there is a disparity when it comes to non-biological children as to how this legal duty of support is applied between the child support legislation and other legislation used by other departments in that this legal duty is only recognised under very strict conditions i.e. the biological parents have strong good reasons to not themselves support the child.

With regard to amounts, in theory the formula will take into consideration what are termed as relevant dependant children of both families. However this is determined on the basis of the cost of the children. The formula (or should I say formulas) works (in the case of relevant dependant children) by applying the taxable income (correctly the adjusted taxable income) after allowing for a self-support amount (currently $18252). If this results in $0 or less (which is made to be $0) than the cost of children will always be $0, thus to thos with a taxable income less than the SSA (Self Support Amount) there will never be a cost of relevant dependant children.

When determining the cost of the CS children, both parent's incomes (after subtracting the SSA and any Relevant Dependant Child Amounts and also any multi-case allowance, this resultat amount is termed the Child Support Income) are added to be the Combined Child Support Income which is the amount used when determining the cost of the child support children. It's a lot more complicated than this, but hopefully that may explain.

We have two calculators on this site both of which show more in-depth information. The Advanced calculator provides many of the interim values, even down to costs for individual children. You may wish to run your calculations through these calculators. The calculators can be accessed from Home (at the top).

I hope you understand what I have written, I know that it is quite complicated with lots of terminology.

Last edit: by Secretary SPCA

Thankyou for your quick response! Reading other posts on here makes me see that other people are far worse off than my situation of $7 p/m.

This site is truely remarkable and an invaluable tool for those in need of advice. I will definately be letting people know about it.

Thank you once again.
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