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    Default Centrelink question. When you split with your ex, did Child Support Agency interfere?

    Hi everyone.
    I have a friend who has just split from her husband. They have two children and they have amicably arranged joint custody. Both are good people. I am so sorry this has happened to them.
    Anyway, he moved out a few weeks ago and as she's a recipient of PPP, she notified Centrelink of her change in circumstances.
    No sooner had she done this when she received a call from someone claiming to be from Child Support asking whether there was an agreement and that she had to have one and pressure, pressure, pressure.

    When I was a single parent years ago this never happened to me. Have things changed?

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    Your friend just has to tell them they have a private agreement between them.

    If not the CSa has to step in and collect from the paying parent.

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    Centrelink informed me I had to make a CSA claim in order to claim PPS. Prior to that we had just split costs, but I was told I had to make a claim.

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    I'm kind of similar to Tainted. I was told I had to let CSA know to be eligible for PPS, but it was as simple as letting them know we had a private agreement. Haven't heard from them again in the 2years we have been split.

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    I was forced to put a CSA claim in by the FAO. If you don't, they start to dock your FTB. I didn't want to put one in as my ex was not working at the time due to injury, so I knew it would be unnecessary, and lo and behold, after I lost money and went through phone interviews and the rigmarole of paperwork, I received a $0 assessment. Surprise surprise. My ex and I have a private agreement and get a long really well, but I they make you do it anyway.

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    Same as AB - to get FTB I had to put a claim in for CSA. CSA did their assessment and I told them I was collecting privately and that was all they needed. They send me a change of assessment every year and we just ignore it and do what we like.

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    Yep CSA requires there to be a child support/custody agreement between the two parents. An easy way out of it if both parents would rather not exchange $ is both have to tell CSA that they have a mutual agreement together or property in leu of maintence, which basically means that according to CSA and centerlink there is money bring exchanged but it doesn't go through the government to get to the other parent. It doesn't actually mean there is though.

    But there still needs to be a custody arrangement of some sort, doesnt have to be legal, there's a form at centerlink she can get and state how often he will have the kids and how often she will, which determines who has majority custody. One party must have more custody than the other eg she has 51% and he has 49% custody out of the 365 per year. Again you don't have to stick to it to the dot but she'll need it to get paid ftb and pps correctly.

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    I was told by CL that i had to make a claim for CS otherwise my FTB would have dropped dramatically, but i suppose if it doesnt affect her money wise, she doesnt have to make a claim. I've always contact CS, they've never contacted me to make a claim

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    Update: pretty much everything written in here happened.

    Friend and Ex have elected not to declare their new living arrangements (even though it's to their disadvantage) because one section cannot agree with the other section and CSA says something else entirely. Things got so confusing and convoluted that a lawyer was almost engaged to sort the mess out. Then they just thought, bugger it, we won't do anything.

    The phone calls and letters have stopped and life is quiet again.

    Thanks for your feedback all. I guess sometimes it just really pays to remain at a disadvantage and let sleeping dogs lie.


 

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