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Warning - Bug found with the Advanced Child Support Calculator

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Warning - Bug found with the Advanced Child Support Calculator

After many years without this being detected, a bug with the calculator, as available here on FLWG, has come to light.

The bug is that for cases which involve a non-parent carer of multiple children that the amount paid only reflects the first child of a parent.

Now the bug has appeared a fix should be available and applied in the near future.

The bug was actually found when developing a Windows based version of the calculator (i.e. one where access via the internet to FLWG is not required). This may also be made available in the near future.

It should be noted that Non-Parent Carer scenarios are amongst the scenarios that the "Official CS calculator" cannot handle.
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Calculator Bug - Example


However, if you scroll down the output and look at the CTC (Cost of this Child) for Adult A1 and A2 you will see that:-

Calculator Bug - Example Adult A1

and

Calculator Bug - Example Adult A2

For A1 there are two children (C1 and C2) that EACH have a CTC of $4928, thus A1 should actually be reported as paying $9856 ($4928 + $4928) and :-
For A2 there are two children (C1 and C2) that EACH have a CTC of $2292, thus A2 should actually be reported as paying $4586 ($$2292 + $2292).

As such, in this example case, the correct payments may be ascertained by looking at the CTC's of the respective children. Note the use of may in the sentence above. For more complex scenarios it may not be that simple to determine the distribution of payments.

CTC = Cost of This Child.
An Update.

The issue isn't actually the distribution of payments as such, rather the issue is that for a Non-Parent carer to be included the non-parent carer has to have a level of care of at least 35% (128) nights. The issue is that the calculator doesn't check the input for this. However, the calculation does make this check  and thus doesn't distribute the "lost CS". 

If the above example were changed to that the NPC for the 2nd child had 128 or more care (obviously lowering the care for the other two parents (or just one), then the calculation is performed correctly with the appropriate distribution.
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