So this is total ignorance on my part but if a parent is in a relationship with a woman who has kids from a previous relationship and that relationship ends and the step parent moves out does the step parent have to contribute CS for the step child? How does that work assuming the step child spent part of the time with the other bio parent and that parent also contributes CS?
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13-10-2014 14:22 #21
13-10-2014 14:37 #22Senior Member
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Well our situation is the opposite. My stepson goes to an elite private school and gets the best of everything, they live in a massive house with 2 new fwds and he has every toy and branded clothing imaginable. Yet she is a stay at home mum and her new husband is just on a teaching wage .
We pay $400 a week in child support and that financially kills us. Our child will be going to a public school, most of his toys, furniture and clothes are second hand, our house is tiny and we have to really budget to get by week to week. We can't even afford private health insurance for our family.
His ex wife earns more on child support and family support payments than what I earn working full time. How is that fair?
The system is not fair and should def be capped at a maximum.
I understand there are deadbeat dads that don't pay but there r also dads that go out of their way to do over and above to be financially responsible. It's not fair my children miss out on so much because he pays a ridiculous amount in cs
13-10-2014 14:40 #23
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13-10-2014 14:43 #24
@Kelbel29 I guess CS is not there to make it fair between ex and current partner, but more so that the kids that were there before the split keeps the same quality of life.
I understand how difficult it must be for you though and why it seems unfair.
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We have a few friends who are dads who are doing the right thing by their kids and pay a lot of money in maintenance but are unsure where the money is really going. An example of this in one case is that the children go without hair cuts, clothing and shoes and school fees hasn't been paid. The father is paying mega bucks in maintenance but then has to fork out more. Where is his money going? It should be sufficient to cover all expenses for the children in this case.
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