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    It really is a massive lifestyle change going from married to single motherhood. It can be a shock at just how little money some survive on. Would any private health insurance help cover any of these costs for future? It might end up more cost effective that way.

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    I would get the utilities in your name so that you can utilse the discounts.

    Was you daughter recently diagnosed with autism? Are you getting or have the specialists applied for early intervention funding?

    Just remember when you work and earn and income, it will only reduce the PPS you receive. You will still get FTB as well. So financially you should be a bit better off.

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    You definitely need to contact CSA and get an assessment done to take into account her medical expenses, you ex should be paying a higher rate to cover those.

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    I believe that if medical cost etc are higher than 'normal' CS calculate things differently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LifeInShadesOfGrey View Post
    Oh, and when shopping regardless of something being in special check the $$ per kg, $$ per litre, $$ per ea etc. I find a lot of the time stuff on special can still be more then other options.

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    This made me think of something! When u go to Coles and woolworths (and probably other shops too) if there is a special, ALWAYS check under their little yellow price tag because half the time the original price is the same as the 'special price' but they try to make u believe its on special when it's not... I've had this happen so many times already! Dodgy!!

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    Thanks mummies, ill call CS again. Currently spending my first (lengthy) wait at centrelink.

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    If you have an entertainment book you can buy discounted wollies gift card which I think saves you 5% on groceries and petrol.

    Use coles or wollies online shop to help help findin the cheapest per unit prices or cheapest product I find this gives a great overview. Our local click and collect is free so no delivery or packaging fee (saves time and money)- not sure if this is the case everywhere.

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    In my experience CSA don't take into account any medical expenses etc. They only care about income and thats it.
    Depending on what he earns and based on what you have said you take home $170 a week is a fantastic amount of child support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoseBetweenTheThorns View Post
    In my experience CSA don't take into account any medical expenses etc. They only care about income and thats it.
    Depending on what he earns and based on what you have said you take home $170 a week is a fantastic amount of child support.

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    You're correct in that a regular assessment doesn't take into account any extra medical expenses etc, day to day medical is meant to be covered by the assessed amount.

    However, that is where a Change of Assessment Reason 2 comes in, where a diagnosed long term medical condition can be taken into account so that both parents carry that burden outside of a regular assessment.

    A COA has its pros and cons, but the option is there.

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    I'm not sure what the medical issue is, but you *might* be eligible for Carer Allowance if it is listed under centrelink's 'recognised disabilities'. (note: this isn't the Carer Payment, it's something different, and you don't have to receive Carer Payment to receive Carer Allowance).

    I receive it because of my son's medical condition, therefore my ex does not pay any extra in child support. It doesn't cover all of the medical expenses (it's about $115 a fortnight, plus a health care card for the child), but it definitely helps towards his medicine, appointments and medical consumables. It's also not income or asset tested. Best of luck with your appointment

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