I hope this is being posted in the right area.
I've got a question or opinions please...
I'm not receiving child maintenance, and I was urged to register (again) with CSA and make the father pay. At the moment I'm getting base payment (don't understand that, don't get maintenance, be paid less?? lol), but if I get maintenance it could go up by 150 a fortnight, but more likely I'll only receive an extra 50 from centrelink. If I have also worked it out correctly, I will probably only receive an extra 20 if Im lucky from the father.
I had a call today from CSA saying that there has been no replies to the letter and the phone has been disconnected.
What happened last time was that he told CSA he didn't think he was the father, and wanted a DNA test. About a month after that I received a letter from his solicitors stating he wanted access to his child... confused? I was.
That was sorted, but after all that stress, when he told me he didn't want to pay and only really wanted to see DD when he wasn't doing anything... , I said fine, you stay the hell away from me.... Haven't heard from him since.
Now the problem is, does anyone know if legally I have to chase this donkey?
I have no money problems, I have budgetted what I am getting and still saving money, so if I was getting anymore I'd be at a lost as where to put it?
Another problem is if I chase it up, it's going to cost me money I won't be able to spare, and a lot of emotional damage and stress I will not be able to get rid of..
I guess the question really is, is $50 extra a fortnight worth stress, anxiety, aggravation etc?
By the way, if the father did come back into DD's life, it would be very obligated visitation which he has told me in the past...
Ok, enough rambling, any extra minds to help work on this riddle!? lol