# Does your child support payment decrease when you have a new baby?

1. ## Does your child support payment decrease when you have a new baby?

I know that my child support payment will decrease when my EX has a bub...but will it get affected at all when I have a bubby? My DP and I just got our BFP last week, and my friend told me that the child support my ex pays me will reduce once bubs is born...is that true? If so, by how much...and WHY???? Why would my partner and I having a baby make a difference to how much my ex pays to support his children? Any help would be appreciated as I will need to budget that in...

2. I don't *think* so but I could be wrong. It makes sense that the payments would drop when your Ex has a bub, as he then has another dependant so that's how it goes.

But his payments to you for the children you had with him, shouldn't reduce because you have a baby with your new partner. That doesn't sound right at all

3. it wont decrease.

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it might as u will get more income

5. No it wont unless your taxable income increases.

the formula for CS is as follows

both people get the self support abount taken out.

eg.
Income 50,000 50,000
Self support 18,252 18,252

CS income 31,748 31,748

Income % 50% 50%

Becase DAD has had another baby he get additional money taken out this amount is caluclated by the income. see table at following link
http://www.csa.gov.au/ChildSupportFo...Table2008.aspx

therefor additional money taken from fathers amount

Relevent DEP \$0 8,528

CS AMT 31,748 23,220

Income % 57.76% 42.24%

By changing his income % her pays less. but by you having another child you would re balance out your income percentage to in the example 50/50 which would increase his percentage to pay.

Here is a full example form the CS website. I hope I havent confused you
http://www.csa.gov.au/ChildSupportFormula/example1.aspx

basically the answere is no. he will not pay you less if you have another child he by all rights should pay you slightly more if all the circumstances are still the same

hope that helps

6. Yes what Liesel said..

It may even increase because you now have another dependent that your money needs to be allocated to as well. The only way it would decrease is if you started earning significantly more then you are now. But say you have to stop work your income would decrease and you would get more CS.

I wouldn't worry about his CS dropping when he has another bub as i am due with TWINS and mine drops a whopping whole \$5. So in turn they are allocating \$5 to my twins - The system is just oooo so fair lol

Originally Posted by HunterzMummy
The only way it would decrease is if you started earning significantly more then you are now.
I am trying to get a job atm as both boys are now in school so will be going from basically \$0 in wages, to something like \$500+ a week when I get a job...how much am I going to lose in CS? How come me earning more money means he has to support his children less? It just feels like I'm never going to get ahead, every step forward I make in income, I lose money left right and centre from everywhere else

8. Because both parents incomes are considered equally. Just like if your Ex got a better paying job his CS amount would go up.

Liesel has the formula in her previous post. But it is based on both incomes minus \$18 252 (for self support) for both parties. So whatever both of your taxable income is after minusing the 18K will be what your CS is worked out on.

Dont worry neither parties (payer and payee) feels like they can ever get ahead.. Its a catch 22 for both parties..

HOpe you dont loose out on to much \$\$. My advice would be to call CSA and say hypothetically if i earn X amount and EX is earing his current wage how much CS will i be entitled to. And see what the figures are so your prepared.

Here is a link re you income and child support http://www.csa.gov.au/ChildSupportFo...meDetails.aspx

9. All the formulas are on the CSA website. They even have a calculator where you just punch numbers

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I'm not trying to be rude but you just sound like a greedy ex!

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