Child Support reduction where child has special needs.
A reduction in child support means there is not enough to live on...
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?
sorry i cant be more help.
repartnered_mum saidwelcome 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.
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
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.
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.