I really think $20/week is fair. Even if he paid for the 3 he is assessed for that comes to $60/week. Even parents on centrelink payments pay far more per week than that to raise their kids.
I'm crashing the thread a bit but that does suck. If you can't get him to pay have you thought about other options? I know the Smith Family have a sponser an aussie child scheme where they pay around $40 a month to a child who needs support for things like school expenses and extra curricular activities. The salvation army used to do it too but think they lost support for it.
If you have a local YMCA or PCYC they might even have some ideas/subsidised activities
ETA Do they have active after school activities where you are?
Last edited by Hootenanny; 05-02-2012 at 19:33. Reason: extra info
I don't think $20 a week is fair at all - it should be way more than that. He should be forced to go without something so that his child doesn't miss out, like every single parent out there does on a regular basis.
It's so disgusting that they get away with it! My kids father hasn't paid a cent in 10 years and has a huge debt. Every time i call Child Support they tell me i may as well give up as i will never see the money. I have told them where he works and they still do nothing!
He told me when i left him that if i left he would never ever pay me a cent.
It's has been a hard road but part of me is proud of the fact that i have done it all without him! Even now he earns well over a thousand a week and never has a cent to his name! He borrows money off my kids.... DISGUSTING!!!
Share A Book... it sounds like your DD is best off not knowing or having to see his nasty family! How anybody can treat a child.. let alone their own flesh and blood like that is absolutely disgusting!
Which is the most important activity? Swimming or music?
I agree with previous poster. $20 is a joke, it should be ALOT more. You are being more than reasonable wanting that amount.
I know it's never going to be possible, but it really stinks that he is not without the basics, while dd often is. The local MP said to "think of the poor man running a family on centrelink" but the way I see it is that the gf runs the family on far more than centrelink payments, what he gets is not to run a family at all, but what I get has to run the whole house!
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