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Old 02-28-2013, 05:04 PM
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Working out child support using the basic formula

It's amazing australia's CS is so progressive compared to ours considering their method was developed before ours. I read in one of the reports that the Family Law Committee rejected the Australian method of apportioning costs because it had effectively 6 equations and they wanted only one.
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In Australia, I would receive $200 more per month than I am receiving right now.
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In Australia, I would receive $200 more per month than I am receiving right now.
Amazing I would be paying $500 dollars less.
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I think the basis for my increased payment in Australia is the income proportion. I make significantly less than stbx and my income matters in this calculation. (Stbx is currently at $70,000 and I am at $9,000.)

Also, stbx is a eow dad (by choice) and therefore my percentage of care is very high....

It is an interesting comparison for sure. I would be interested to hear what other posters' situations would work out to be.

Another website said the key components of this formula are:

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The key components of the formula are that:
• it is based on independent research
• the basis of the formula is the costs of raising children
both parents’ incomes are taken into account and considered equally
• the same self-support amount is deducted from each parent’s income before child support is worked out
• the percentage of care each parent provides is taken into account, and
• children from first and subsequent families are treated in a similar way
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Interesting... I'm in the same range of income as your ex, but my ex actually has no income (subsides completely off CS, CCTB and a rent subsidy). I have just over 30% of the access time ( I actually worked it out to 31.5% - 115 days / 365 days). and my payment (3 kids) dropped from $1380 to $827. I used the estimator here: https://processing.csa.gov.au/estimator/About.aspx
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Ah, your estimator works better than my pen and pencil. LOL.

The first time I calculated it myself. The second time I used the estimator.

The second result I got was $90 less than my Canadian amount. Perhaps I did it wrong the first time.

Interestingly enough when I put in $9,000 income or 0, the amount stbx would have to pay is the same.
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I think it has to do with the personal reserve (similar the basic personal amount on your taxes) they have in the calculation. Your income is apparently less than the personal reserve used in the calculation so your ex would effectively have 100% of the income percentage.
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Interesting - I rather agree with their method of calculation.

I ran the numbers for my household, and I would receive $100 less per month as opposed to the Canadian tables.

Of course, since I voluntarily receive about $300-350 a month less on the Canadian tables, and have for the last 16 years, I'm not probably the first choice to survey.

I do like the ideal of combining each parents income, and using that as a starting point. After all, we were combined when we were living together and playing the happy family.
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Much like spousal support here, I wonder if Australia has a greater number of parents who are intentionally underemployed so they can have a great amount of child support?
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In Australia, I would receive $200 more per month than I am receiving right now.
Seems its based on "care level" and for most on here who are fighting for equal (50/50 at min) it makes sense.

In cases where a NCP is quite ok with seeing their children "whenever" then it works far better to the parent who does 95% of the "parenting"

Edited to add : the $453/mo is in Cdn $ as I converted the currency

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