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Post #11886 by simsam on June 20th 2008, 12:31 PM (in topic “COA Application - CSA wanting my wife's income details?”)

COA Application - CSA wanting my wife's income details?:

Thanks Mike T and BriarRose - and BriarRose no I havent looked into Centrelink - I assumed as it was a medical condition and not a disability I wouldnt be eligible for anything…

ANother thing re the medical expenses, in our application we just put basic expenses, ie specialist costs, prescription medication… The case officer wants us to put in additional information, she said did we think about claiming things like parking (hospital trips and specialist appointments $14 a time)…. and were there other associated costs…..  So my wife and I got to thinking there are heaps of other costs I guess with a child without a medical condition wouldnt incur eg costs of speical food for medical diet, that we didnt include - we just didnt want to appear like we were taking the pi#$ - but there are a numer of items we have to purchase that maybe we should put in for medical expenses…… It's hard to think of them all when it's just part of your life and we were'nt sure what that would consider "medical costs"

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Post #11650 by simsam on June 18th 2008, 1:42 PM (in topic “COA Application - CSA wanting my wife's income details?”)

COA Application - CSA wanting my wife's income details?:

I guess we will but maybe black out areas to protect her privacy if the other party will get to view them.  Apparently the CSA officer said the other party didnt even respond to the COA application…..  A

Also would anyone know, the COA application asked what I thought was a fair amount of CS to pay - do they REALLY take what you indicate into account?

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Post #11637 by simsam on June 18th 2008, 11:51 AM (in topic “COA Application - CSA wanting my wife's income details?”)

COA Application - CSA wanting my wife's income details?

Have previously posted re our situation and today had the telephone conference re my COA (lodged under special circumstances due to supporting my wife and sons due to one son's medical condition)  Anyway the case officer wants financial details of my wife's income (she is only working 1 day a week at the moment to cover our bills and her mother is looking after our son that day - however this cant really continue long term) But the case officer wants payslips re her income now to see if "she can support herself"? Is this common?

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Post #9562 by simsam on May 15th 2008, 3:58 PM (in topic “Clarification re COA procedures and timelines”)

Clarification re COA procedures and timelines:

Thanks all - and Katie thanks - we had thought about the info re the medical condition but decided we dont mind if the other party gets to see this info - its all there in black and white for her to see - and yes I was assuming Secretary SPCA's comment was not aimed specifically at me.

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Post #9422 by simsam on May 13th 2008, 2:36 PM (in topic “Clarification re COA procedures and timelines”)

Clarification re COA procedures and timelines:

Thanks - I have lodged it under the grounds of reason 9 (legal duty to maintain another person or children), that being to support my wife and 2 young children as my wife cannot work due to one of my son's medical condition.

In our application I have provided all bank, payroll, loan statements, letter from my sons specialist stating my wife is required to provide him full time care and he cannot attend childcare, medicare report outlining all costs after rebates, any other medical receipts i have pertaining to his condition, and an estimate of future costs.

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Post #9413 by simsam on May 13th 2008, 1:10 PM (in topic “Clarification re COA procedures and timelines”)

Clarification re COA procedures and timelines

I have recently lodged a COA re special circumstances and was wondering if anyone knows where or what the timeframes are with it - ie does CSA have any requirements around timeframes - how long does it usually take?

Also, someone suggested we write to our federal member - is there anyone else I should be writing to - maybe the head of CSA?(whoever that is?)

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Post #7750 by simsam on March 29th 2008, 11:17 PM (in topic “Child Support Assessment from 1 July 08 under New Scheme - Dramatically increased & set to rise again”)

Child Support Assessment from 1 July 08 under New Scheme - Dramatically increased & set to rise again:

Thanks all.

I'll look into the Change of Assessment option.

His medical condition can become quite serious if not managed properly - so I guess it could fall under one of the categories?

Re the part time option, would be great, but isn't really an option in my field.

To be honest, I'm happy if one day I get a knock on the door from my other son - but the idea of sharing any care I don't honestly feel is an option.

Re the proof - I had a DNA test done not long after I got notice from the CSA.

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Post #7672 by simsam on March 27th 2008, 2:52 PM (in topic “Child Support Assessment from 1 July 08 under New Scheme - Dramatically increased & set to rise again”)

Child Support Assessment from 1 July 08 under New Scheme - Dramatically increased & set to rise again:

I've used the CSA estimator and it came out quite close to the amount in the assessment. And I guess the $655 a month may not seem that bad in some circumstances, except that I am now trying to soley support my wife and 2 sons and there just isnt enough to meet the basics let alone trying to find the increased CS amount.

With the self support + dependent allowance my income is $62k

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Post #7664 by simsam on March 27th 2008, 11:43 AM (in topic “Child Support Assessment from 1 July 08 under New Scheme - Dramatically increased & set to rise again”)

Child Support Assessment from 1 July 08 under New Scheme - Dramatically increased & set to rise again

I am new to this site - so please excuse if I have placed this in the wrong area.

I have just received advice from the CSA re my new assessment which is set to begin from 1 July under the new formula and it has increased by 50%.

We are struggling to pay the current amount and now am worried on how we will pay this!

My situation is this: About 15 years ago in my late teens I had a "brief" relationship with a girl for 2 weeks.  Three months later she came to me and told me she was pregnant and wanted money for an abortion.  So I hocked some of my belongings and give her the money and never heard from her until another 7 months later, when she came to my door with a son and asked for money because I was the father.  I gave her money and shortly after I received advice from the CSA re her lodging an application.  Since then I have paid for the last 15 years - never heard from her again and would not have any idea where she is.

I have since married and now have 2 sons with my wife.  During this time we have paid the child support without question.  However I have found it increasingly hard to make ends meet, as my wife can no longer work full time, due to looking after our sons (one has a medical condition requiring home care at this stage).

Then the other day I received new advice, from the CSA, that from 1 July 08 under the new formula my payments will increase by another 50% - we are already in the red and there is no way we can afford to live when it goes up again (and once they get my next tax return it will go up another 50% - doubling the amount we are currently paying). This is based on the formula, as I have no contact with the child and the mother's child support income is $3,295, so my income percentage is 91.32%.

I rang the CSA yesterday and explained the situation and was basically advised "bad luck" - and maybe I should think about contacting my local Member of Parliament.  Wow that will help us make ends meet - thanks!

Does anyone know of any avenue I may have to have this altered?

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