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Post #11871 by Cam on June 20th 2008, 8:22 AM (in topic “Now that my daughter is a mother herself....”)

Now that my daughter is a mother herself....:

Thanks BriarRose, I'll wade through that shortly.
I have had some potentially good news tho. It appears that I am being made something of a test case.
With all the changes going on at the moment (July 1st), the assesment solicitors are actually comparing the CSA "legislation" to the Centrelink "legislation" and trying to find a compromise situation.
This issue seems to have stirred things up and even the Commonwealth Ombudsman is involved.
Apparently its just not covered properly by any one set of rules/legislation and as you say BriarRose, its a legal grey area but according to C$A I've actually got a good chance of the reassesment succeeding.
*fingers crossed*

Thanks to everyone for all your help so far. I'll keep you posted as things come to light.

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Post #11468 by Cam on June 16th 2008, 1:49 PM (in topic “Now that my daughter is a mother herself....”)

Now that my daughter is a mother herself....:

To use CSA's own words, I am in a "grey area" and they are basically at a loss to decide what to do.

Of course, when CSA doesn't know what to do, their automatic response has always been to side with the female parent.

Please don't take that as mum-bashing or anything of the sort, but I am NOT a deadbeat dad and I am sick of being treated as a lower class citizen by the CSA purely because of my X chromosome.

BriarRose, according to CSA, the changes to 'reason 4' also dont apply as the income is Centrelink, not a 'real' wage.

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Post #11460 by Cam on June 16th 2008, 1:15 PM (in topic “Now that my daughter is a mother herself....”)

Now that my daughter is a mother herself....

My 16 year old daughter lives with her mother (payee) and my two other daughters.

My 15 year old son lives with me and my new partner and so does my partner's 7 year old son (he is not part of the C$A assessment).

My 16 year old daughter has just given birth to a beautiful baby girl herself.

Now my daughter is (going to be) receiving single mothers pension, family tax benefit (A & B) plus the "Baby bonus" payments.

The total payment she will receive each month is approx. $2,200. Not a bad income.

My daughter has to pay her mother back for any baby equipment my ex-wife has bought (about $1,500 bucks worth) and is now paying board ($50 a week) to my ex-wife.

BUT… the C$A doesn't count Centrelink payments as income and doesn't take into account the fact that she is now an adult in the eyes of the (Centrelink) law.

My payments will not change one cent according to C$A.

I've now got (allegedly) the top "assessor" working on this to try and find a solution but its not really looking good for me.

My question is, has anybody else been in this situation where there child has become a parent and what C$A determined in their case?

Also, is there any way, without going to court, to fight a decision handed down by C$A?

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