Fox in Sox I understand what you are saying, IF a custody parent CHOOSES to move away making regular contact a lot harder then CS automatically increases as the visitations have decreased. However, the non custodial parent then has to FIGHT to get their child back, another expense, it is not fair.
If the custodial parent chooses to move and therefore lessen the visitations between the other parent and child they should not be paid more almost like a bonus for weaken a child/parent bond.
Just a point..
If you spend a certain percentage of your income on visitation to your child your assessment can reduce. You just need to have the information to prove it eg plane tickets etc
Your reply belongs in a spin off called 'what changes need to be made to make family court more accessible'
Yes, Cherilee, you're right, but that's assuming you can afford to go visit, which we can't.
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I should add the initial amount set by CSA doesn't take into account any expenses, like you say it's based on income and care percentage. But he can apply for a reassessment for hardship
Last edited by delirium; 31-01-2012 at 21:00.
It definitely needs to change, I'm just not sure how it should in order to make things fairer.
We have a private agreement and what we did was make a list of yearly expenses for DSS including things like school fees, medical expenses, extracurricular expenses, flights for visits, additional school expenses and a weekly amount for food and utilities etc. There was other things but I can't remember what at the moment. To figure out the amount of child support, We halved the amount for everything except for the food and utilities, which we multiplied by the number of weeks he's at his mums and then halved that to get the amount for child support. If that makes sense? Add it all together and That's the yearly amount child support we pay. At the moment it's quite a bit more than the csa assessment, however DP has just started a new job that pays a lot more and the assessment will be more than what we have worked out as the yearly expenses for DSS. Now I don't mind adding extra on to ensure DSS has a 'better quality of life' at his mums but it doesn't quite seem fair when the child support assessment will be more than an entire years worth of expenses for the child (that both parents agree on the amount of expenses).
But that's life I guess, and as we all know, it's rarely fair.
I could move further away from my ex and limit his access and get paid MORE for this? It's almost an incentive.
I just don't think it should increase in these situations, if they simply don't want to see their children, yes, make them pay more, but don't penalise the ones who get no say and need to pay to get their own child back.
I really hope that makes sense this time haha.
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