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CSA changes

Changes for the good and changes for the better

After reading Jadzia's link regarding changes to CSA, I have mixed feelings.

It left me thinking about how people (payers and payees) will react to the changes.

Call me cynical, but also, how they will try to slant them in their favour.

On the plus, a gf of mine got an abusive phone call the other day, from both ex and new gf. Apparently her ex was prevented, at the airport from going overseas. He had sold a family business and been working cash in hand for many years, but had not put in a tax return, or been paying child support.

Now, I personally know this lady, honest as the day is long, has struggled working full time and often had trouble putting food on the table for the kids and keeping a roof over their heads. She puts herself last and the last time she bought decent clothes was a fair while ago. So there is a good example.

One of the points, about notifying CSA, if you have had a new baby with your new partner. The impact onto the existing payee is not explained and this worries me.

As well as the $4K, does this mean your payee will be expected to pay more because your income has been stretched with the new child? I hope not.

In the normal world, people put off having children when they can't afford it…

So, what are your thoughts on the new legislation - good and bad.

Junior Executive of SRL-Resources

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Artemis there is a link on that site for people to ask questions so why not put that in? If someone can ask about stopping the money going onto the pokies I can't see why your question wouldn't be valid enough for them to answer. I actually asked what they were going to do about parents who reduce work to avoid paying maintenance.

My ex dropped down to 3 days so he wouldn't have to pay, yet is still working 6 days a week and csa told me there is nothing they can do.

When you are swimming down a creek and an eel bites your cheek, that's a Moray.
Thanks Jadzia, I may do that very thing.  It really irks me that someone could bring a child into the world to gouge more money, when my entire life is on hold.

When you meet someone, all you want to do is build a life together and we're in limbo!

As for the ex dropping to 3 days - can you not argue with CSA that he has a different capacity to earn more? I know this is a hard one to prove and the problem is getting a CSA case officer who's motivated to follow up on it.

Junior Executive of SRL-Resources

Executive Member of SRL-Resources, the Family Law People on this site (Look for the Avatars). Be mindful what you post in public areas. 
I know what you mean. Yes I could do that but it would just make the ex make my life harder. At the moment he is doing everything he can to block the divorce, parenting plans, settlement etc, etc. I'm sick of being made to pay because I left him, and more to the point the kids being made to pay via him.

I wonder if the new laws will take into account the "arshole factor"?

When you are swimming down a creek and an eel bites your cheek, that's a Moray.
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