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A reduction in child support means there is not enough to live on...

I have just received a new child support assessment based on my request for a new assessment as my son has special needs. From this it has been decided that ex is to pay 150/week. 100 specifically designated to the special needs and 50 in regular child support.
Ex has said he will not be paying and is causing dramas, which I can manage with.
Bt I did not realize this meant my Centrelink would be going down by 180 a fortnight, which is exactly the amount I have for food. So now I will not know how I can manage to afford food, and with my rent going up I am so screwed. What on earth can I do?
welcome to the world of CSA and centerlink. i know its hard but you do eventually adapt. we have had to. if you need to buy food there are charities that can help, or if you see a social worker at centerlink they can help you get in touch with people that can help. i know its a horrid situation to be in, but we cant really force someone to pay when they refuse.

sorry i cant be more help.
repartnered_mum said
welcome to the world of CSA and centerlink. i know its hard but you do eventually adapt. we have had to. if you need to buy food there are charities that can help, or if you see a social worker at centerlink they can help you get in touch with people that can help. i know its a horrid situation to be in, but we cant really force someone to pay when they refuse.

sorry i cant be more help.
 
Which is yet more reason to adopt the proposal I put forward in another thread. Tying people together financially after they have separated is not merely silly, it's counterproductive if your genuine purpose is to ensure kids get enough to prevent them being disadvantaged financially compared to kids in intact families.

Good luck with Centrelink/DHS, but I think you'll find you're screwed. Nobody cares, of course, except to the extent that if he doesn't pay they'll be able to harass him and hence improve their KPIs and therefore their bonuses. Don't hold your breath for a genuine result.
So there's nothing I can do?
It seems insane!
It IS insane.

Disability maintenance

Hello quinnellt

Maybe it's not quite as insane as you think. Centrelink might be able to ignore the the part of the increased child support that is for your child's disability expenses.

Have a look at this page of the Family Assistance Guide

http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/guides_acts/fag/faguide-3/faguide-3.1/faguide-3.1.7/faguide-3.1.7.12.html

The relevant part says:

Maintenance received for an FTB child specifically for expenses due to a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability or a learning difficulty that is permanent or long term is not assessable under the maintenance income test.

Example: Disability expenses maintenance includes:

  • special equipment purchase or hire,
  • special school fees, and
  • medical or pharmaceutical expenses

I suggest you contact Centrelink and see if they can reassess your FTB.

   You can do something, talk to centrelink straight away and tell them you haven't been receiving any child support payments and they can adjust your payments accordingly. Put you back on the higher rate - with a warning of course that you may be overpaid.
   At the end of the financial year they will reconcile the ftb payments and if the ex does pay some child support for the year you may end up with an overpayment. Worth the risk if you think he won't pay at all and of course centrelink will only ask for a small amount each fortnight from you if there is an overpayment.
   This will immediately help you and your child with day to day expenses. Any child support he eventually pays will only affect ftb payments in the financial year you actually receive it.
Thank you all forth the advice. I finally managed to get someone nice at Centrelink and on the that method, now to chase up csa...
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