I hope you are ok, I'm sorry this is what you are going through. I had a read through this website and thought it laid it out well. I suspect some types are much harder to prove than other types.
I thought the domestic violence clause was that your FTB will not decrease after 13 weeks if you have not applied for CS in that time.
The DV exemption applies to cases where applying for child support will place you and your children at risk of harm, and not just trying to collect it privately will be difficult because the agency can do that for you but a genuine concern that is usually backed up with avo etc. What it means is that your Centrelink will not be affected by you not claiming child support. And what he sent you says that you have to apply for child support within 13 weeks of separating or your Centrelink payments are reduced, it does not say that he does not have to pay for 13 weeks. You need to start a claim through child support and they will enforce that with him. Tell him to ring then as a general enquiry and ask if he doesn't believe you.
If I was you I would stop engaging with ex and let CSA deal with him.
Lodge your application and get them to collect on your behalf.
Don't listen to him. He needs to grow a pair and financially support his children.
Stop listening to him and his lies
If you can't help yourself and must engage with him, respond to that text and tell him he's a moron as he's just proved that he's wrong!
Is he actually away on his trip Op? Did he go away as planned?
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