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Child Support — What does it all mean?
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Who wants to be dictated to by the State on how you support your children — what, how and when?

Whilst many views float around arguing for and against child support, most decent fathers and parents would argue the issue is not whether or not they wish to support their children, but rather the often unfair conditions imposed upon them.

Simply, it's an attack on the nature of a father's freedom and how he best wishes to raise and support his children in the many different ways a responsible father can, which are often more effective and benefical to a child than any 'slap-bang' instrument of government and statism can ever be.

For a father going through separation/divorce, experiencing the loss of family and children, horrendous false allegations, litigation, uncertainty of where your children are and how they are doing, often causes ill health, work and life instability in so many ways. Also, the effects from not having a fully functioning and emotionally present Dad in a child's life can be equally, if not more devestating as their development can be hindered considerably.

Then if that isn't bad enough, along comes an assessment from the Child Support Agency (CSA) for an outlandish sum of money based on your capacity to work at the highest rate when you were fit and able and on fire, which is possibly a stark contrast to where your financial position is today, or will be in the future if you are unable to recover from the upheaval of a traumatic separation that's often compared to a fate worse than death.

From 2006 CSA powers in Australia have increased to not only garnish your wages, but directly withdraw from bank accounts any amount they deem appropriate, siezing assets of any sort to pay the often highly questionable and unjust debts. As Fathers are assaulted with such draconian measures, one can only feel a sense of dictatorship giving rise to a totalitarian society — not a free Australia — causing fathers to unite and fight for their rights and freedom.

As there are many issues surrounding child support and the effects upon fathers, children and families,

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lifting the veil on a most horrid part of family breakup!

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    By: Bewitched from Vic, Oz - land 'dumbed' down under on March 12, 2016 @ 2:31 am
    Cant sleep so here I am. Woken by extra loud music across the road from unknown neigbours causing me to investigate in case there was something wrong. What I was confronted with was a woman who was alone, drunk and possibly stoned, somewhat numb who wanted me to come in and have beer at 1am. After a chat, I discovered her partner[step dad] was away on a fishing trip and she was missing her kids, as they were with their father. I guess the moral of the story is we are all in pain in one way or another and just need somebody to care...just a drop. I feel your frustration @fred, I really do. They're[govt] not listening, don't care and throw BS back at you confusing you or they just remain silent. One may as well bang one's head against a brick wall for all the good it does in contacting these people/robots that come, collect a big salary/pension and go. All one can do with these corporations under a foreign power is give them notice of them doing harm to you and provide them with the remedy you require, as god forbid, one day you just may wanna file a lien and damages claim in the $$$Millions.
    By: fred from wa, aus on March 12, 2016 @ 2:07 am
    Kathryn Campbell

    Something I found on the internet

    "To a large extent we have had very little face-to-face contact. Normally, less than one per cent of our contact with separated parents and third-party carers has been face to face. There were some unfortunate customer aggression incidents that did occur that prompted us to review these arrangements"

    No s...t I wonder why. don't your good honest employees like getting beaten up when they cause hurt and pain. Don't they like getting back what they deliver.

    By: fred from wa, aus on March 11, 2016 @ 11:56 pm
    Next time you are in Perth Turnbull let me know. I have plenty to say to you?
    By: fred from wa, AUS on March 11, 2016 @ 11:49 pm
    Kathryn Campbell

    your staff didn't want me to produce information and blocked it for a reason. Am I right Campbell? They had already made their one sided decision for the assessment right in the very beginning so there was no need for me to provide anything. Am I right Campbell? They were going to give the mother whatever she wanted. Am I right. Open your mouth Campbell.
    By: fred from wa, aus on March 11, 2016 @ 7:48 pm
    Kathryn Campbell.

    On the 10/2/2016 and on the 19/01/2016 and again on the 8/3/2016 I requested the following information.

    How many woman are employed by the child support agency.
    How many men are employed by the child support agency

    I would like the same information for the child protection services and Centerlink.

    I received a response that had nothing to do with my request. Why did your staff send me that email. It is meaningless?

    Why does your agency employ these stalling techniques when people are requesting information from you?

    Do you have something to hide? Are you trying to hide something? Answer.

    I have put in a complaint with the relative authority in regards to your departments failure to provide the correct FOI information in a timely manner. Congratulations.

    You seem to have all the answers to everything except when I am asking the questions. Campbell cant you agency respond correctly and in the same time frame that they require me to response i.e. 9 days and 3 days.

    These are just bloody blocking techniques are they not? You made my response time short so that I cannot provide a proper defence then you delay matters to a ridiculous level when I want answers to slow things down. Why?
    By: LostinSpace from vic, aust on March 10, 2016 @ 7:55 am
    One of the lies and illusions continually perpetuated to this day is that Politicians (on the whole) serve and care about us. Nothing could be farther from the truth! They are there for show, to distract us and give the appearance we as the people have choice and control. Of course, through these elected representatives we don't which is becoming more evident as days go by. It must be made clear that these Politicians look after their own self interests from the moment they are in office. They cater only to those who pay them; their masters and rulers (ie. system) they work for including lobbyists who pay inducements and graft for legislative and other favours. Their grandstanding in Parliament is all an Act to maintain the facade. We are on our own people, just US! The quicker we all wake to this fact and stop giving our energy to these good for nothing parasites, the quicker things will improve for the common man..
    By: fred from wa, aust on March 9, 2016 @ 9:20 pm
    Kathryn Campbell

    Why are you so silent. Your agency causes grief and harm to fathers and you head this agency. Why do you do this? Why do you cause men to kill themselves. Again why do you deny children fathers? Why don’t you respond? Don’t get subordinates to talk for you. Open your mouth.

    Prime minister

    You are silent too. You want to stop family violence then get rid of the root cause. Remove the incentive for woman to screw their partners over. That incentive is the child support agency and the family court system. You put men’s backs to the wall and they react that way. You government says you are trying to stop family violence.....but your laws and interpretation of the laws are part of the problem. Is it not? Are you that stupid that you cannot see that as being a contributing factor?

    Remember Campbell you cannot enslave the sole of someone that is dead.
    By: fred from wa, aus on March 9, 2016 @ 6:50 pm
    the prime minister, minister of human services, minister social service and Kathryn Campbell head of the child support agency want to hear from you. send them weekly emails demanding answers.

    don't waste your time dealing will the individuals at the bottom flood those at the top with complaints and don't let up. crash their gender discriminatory system

    send them lots of emails. as the head of this mob they need to be kept abreast of the havoc they are causing with peoples lives

    send them emails lots of emails
    1070. By: robin from nsw, australia on March 9, 2016 @ 8:34 am
    CSA exist because the law states that all children have the right to a financial responsibley from both parents even if the parents are no longer together same sex or not the kids have the right to it. the tax payer is not responsible to pay for anyones kids as in family tax A & B or the pension thats why csa was started up in the first place to get people of centre link.if the x mother doesent want to get up and work thats her problem but the father shouldnt be held and made to pay more because of a lazzy mother kid starts school go get a job. You want to change the csa system you have to change the law
    By: fred from wa, australia on March 8, 2016 @ 8:24 pm
    Regard this is an open letter and all documents received from the government will be regarded as such and will be made available for public viewing. I believe the way this agency operates is in the public interest

    Prime Minister

    Why do you allow the child support agency to exist.

    You answer this question Prime Minister, don’t pass it on the very people that are causing the problems and allowing them to respond.

    Why is this agency allowed to harass fathers and turn their worlds upside down? Who the bloody hell do these people think they are and who gives them the right to hurt people in the way they do? Why are you allowing this to continue?

    I am going to ask this question again because I haven’t received an answer to it.

    How many men commit suicide because of the direct involvement of this agency? How many men does this agency kill on average per week through their involvement? How many children don’t have fathers because of this agency?

    You have no bloody idea, do you Prime Minister? You know it is a problem, you know people are killing themselves because of this agency but you do nothing Prime Minister. Am I correct?

    You go on about domestic violence on TV but I haven’t seen you do anything about this. Are woman’s lives more important than men’s lives? Is it okay for men to die Mr Prime Minister?

    I recently received a letter from a CSA manager dated 15/2/2016. Clearly very little consideration has been given to the points raised, and this letter is just a brush off. This is a concern and shows a pattern which one can liken to that seen in the assessment.

    In this letter I was directed to speak to people further down the chain if I had any further enquiries. Effectively what she was saying was that I am going to respond with dribble which you must accept and if you don’t like it talk to someone else because I don’t want to know.

    •Why does this agency use these information blocking techniques to prevent effective communication? We have seen this is the assessment when I was blocked from presenting information.
    •Why don’t you answer the questions and engage in conversation in relation to the questions?

    My emails were directed at the Prime Minister, Ministers and The Head of the Child Support Agency. I get brushed off to this manager and she brushes me off to subordinates.

    1.Why don’t the people in charge of this agency take responsibility for their decisions in relation to this agency? Why do you brush people off?

    In response to the letter

    I have serious concerns about the response and I question whether due consideration has been given to the issues. It is my opinion that this response is a meaningless brush off with numerous errors. Am I correct? Your letter is designed to complicated/confuse matters in the hope that it will become too hard and I will go away. I’m not going anywhere. There are serious issues with the CSA

    You say the agency takes the welfare of “parents extremely seriously”. Your agency is the source of the hurt, and in some cases, suicides.

    1.How can we take your comments seriously when your agency cont

    ............This letter continues but is too long for this space. The prime ministers, minister social services, minister human services and Cathryn Campbells address are all on the internet........SEND the lovely people LOTS of emails and demand answers and do so regularly The more people do that will cause this unjust system to fail. It will goo into overload and crumble. CC them all i.........
    By: Byron from Vic, Au on March 8, 2016 @ 5:41 pm
    @petie she never says her last name, but sounds like it could be the same person.
    By: Petie from Vic, Australia on March 8, 2016 @ 4:48 pm
    @Byron What's CSA Cathy's SURNAME? I used to be with a debt collector called Cathy many years ago. The unorthodox debt collection practices she used on people made my head spin. It was a great insight into the personality of how these emotionally void, non empathatic & unstable cerebral narcissist types function. VERY SCARY let me tell you. There's a bolt or two missin if you know what I mean. She used the CSA against her ex, even shortly after he attempted suicide. She often said she could do their job [CSA] or FHG - financial hunters & gatherers is what we could call them.
    By: Byron from Vic, AU on March 2, 2016 @ 8:36 pm
    I wonder how many deaths of abused fathers Cathy is responsible for. I recon it's her goal, to distroy people's lives. She accused me of laundering money and said she would do everything possible to get money off me. She is delusional and with what they take I have $260 a week to live off, and I have my 3 kids 50% of the time. It's really hard to support them on that much, whilst their mother lives on nearly $1000 a week. I have provided her my tax returns to prove my income. She says she thinks I get 110k/year. The most I have ever earnt is 50k/year, so where on earth the 110k comes from is anybodies guess. Maybe Cathy should try to live on $260 a week and see how she goes.
    By: Deon from Western Australia, Australia on March 2, 2016 @ 2:17 pm
    Thanks Robin for your reply, my daughter is 13 and my son is 15 and she was forced due to family tax benefits and concessions. Although i have not worked since 2/12/15 they continue to charge me 1300 each month because i would not go on centrelink benefits to prove my situation.So i finally went to centrlink for assistance and after paying 40c in the dollar for 20 years they offered me $1 a fortnight because my partner earns apparently to much working in child care of all things.I'm tired of being on my knee's and having to constantly jump through hoops for very little return if any. I'm sick to death of this hypocrisy, there just doesn't seem to be any where to turn for real help or results against CSA. Because they are not willing to help at all, just treated like a thug.
    By: richard from western australia, Australia on March 2, 2016 @ 1:23 pm
    All those who have been abused by Cathy. How many of you have written to the CSA complaints body through the ombudsmans office. The more pressure that is put on such a mean person the more they start to break but also the more the groundswell of anti CSA feeling throughout all parts of society.
    By: robin from nsw, australia on March 2, 2016 @ 3:26 pm
    You can still go privite with your x even with CSA
    Unless she has asked CSA to collect the money for her ?
    CSA will send you a statement to tell you how much you have to pay throu privite aggreement and you pay itstraight to her
    Not to sure why she was forced into the csa line unless the kids are over 8 then she can go to CSA and tell them to get the money for her as she wont be on gov hand outs
    By: Deon from Western Australia, Australia on March 2, 2016 @ 10:14 am
    I have been paying privately for years without any problems until my ex was forced to use CSA due to having any benefits through Centrelink 3 years ago. Initially i didn't have a problem with this until i was savaged by CSA financially and unfairly. They commenced a 3 month back pay based on 180k when my earnings were only 70k immediately placing me in arears of 7k and ongoing late fee's against this amount even though there was a payment plan in place. I been fighting since without resolve and growing debt with late fee's. Even though i pay my ex does not see these funds for a month after payment whilst CSA sit quietly making huge interest of these funds although they lie and say this is not the case. It's more devastating than a credit card as the balance continues to grow regardless of what payments they receive at one stage taking well over 65% of my income. They refuse to look at the case of this ridiculous over charge and continue to harass me at work, at home over this amount that then grew to over 17k although i was still paying maintenance, and now it is up to me to attain legal representation to force them to look at this period. During this time i have nearly lost my home and all my belongings and there devil may care attitude continues. I love my children very much and have come from an extremely poor background and worked hard to provide them a better start in life and now CSA is destroying everything i have worked for. They have been nothing but callous and bullying on the phone telling me to get my life together, sell your house and completely careless to the situation. They have taken my self worth, my purpose and all i have stood for in life and for my children. I am a mechanical supervisor who now suffers clinical depression and can no longer function at this level because what they have done to my life, each day i wake up i am wishing it is my last and that this life would end sooner rather than later. So now what has become of me and everything i have worked for, and for my children. The only thing which stops me taking my life is my children, i sit almost daily contemplating my death with deep sorrow and tears, tears for my children. As i write this i am sailing into the black and do not know how much longer i can hold on. CSA are not helping families they are destroying them, and it those who wish to do the right thing by there children who are easy targets for CSA and are savaged financially and demoralized. I too have spoken with this Cathy who was heartless and quite nasty over the phone leaving me bewildered that this is true reflection of CSA, each time i state i will take it further they laugh at me on the phone and tell me good luck were Federal you don't stand a chance. They have since taken 10k from me in the last 3 months from several tax returns while i am been treated for severe depression and not working and are also planning litigation for the small amount left over now there is now more tax returns coming in the system, although the arrears are there fabrication based on a huge discrepancy as explained above. There seems no light is at the end of this tunnel called life
    By: Kris Rzepecki from nsw, Australia on March 2, 2016 @ 10:28 am
    Hi to all paying parents. CSA / Family flaw multi billion dollar racket destroying families and creating the new " stolen generation " and creating " domestic violence ". Hi yeah sure I've spoken to Kathy and many like her by day she works for csa and by night she works for Big John at the local red light district, either way she fks someone. If you want change then you need find your own ways and not count on media maggots, they're all part of the same system, the sooner people understand this the sooner we might make some progress . Last time I watched ACA they said kim kardashians arse just keeps growing.
    Advance Australia Fkn fair.
    1060. By: Byron from Vic, Au on March 1, 2016 @ 8:57 pm
    Anyone dealt with a Cathy from CSA?

    Would be interested to hear if anyone else has been threatened by her?
    By: Tkjc from Nsw, Australia on March 1, 2016 @ 8:13 pm
    Hi guys following up on the comment about sending your CSA stories to ACA & 60 Minutes it's worth a try but believe it or not the ass wipes that lie harass and intimidate us and some times to the point of suicide will not be exposed by any media agency court or anybody else you see the truth is if the CSA was investigated and exposed then it would open the door for every father that has dealt with this disgrace of an agency to seek leagal recause the goververment CSA states that a child support debt is a debt to the commonwealth therefore the government or the commonwealth would be leagaly responsible for any mistake overpayment mental incapacity cuicide or whatever it would cripple the country the payout would be huge this is why the f...sticks at the CSA carry on the way they do they think that their actions and decisions can not be questioned how ever there is a leagal tort that is malfeasance in public office and torture these two torts do not involve the CSA only the person who said or did whatever It is clearly stated in leagal journals that a public official or public employee that lies intimidates or coheres an individual is guilty of torture punishable by imprisnment for 20 years malfeasance in public office could potentially have a magistrate order the f....stick that you talk to personally liable to pay millions in damages.
    I'm in the process of going down this road at the moment so don't take on the CSA GIANT cause you are taking on the government instead take on the individual that is lying and intimidating you
    Once one goes down then the rest will think twice before they bend and break the rules whenever they feel like
    By: Byron from Vic, Au on February 29, 2016 @ 10:40 pm
    Yup Richard

    Please send all your stories of discrimination, abuse & harrasment by the CSA to

    Surely if we flood them they will start to consider investigating.

    Even send them to 60 Minutes
    By: Richard from western australia, Australia on February 29, 2016 @ 2:46 pm
    Hi Byron from Vic
    Child support is a tragedy, just like the stolen gen, the blacks without a vote and many more. Your letter is quite correct men and women deeply affected by this need to make more noise.. to local MPs to papers and in rallies. Nelson Mandela continued to write letters for many years before he was released. cmon people get up and get angry.
    By: Johnsie from QLD, OZ on February 27, 2016 @ 9:57 am
    Following on from Toby it's simple, don't enter into contract with the CSA scum in the first place, as any agreement formed is binding and difficult to wriggle out of thereafter. Do not consent giving them any authority placing yourself under their jurisdiction. Be mindful of your contracts as ignorance is where many of us fail.
    By: Toby Wilson from Victoria, Australia on February 26, 2016 @ 5:34 pm
    I fought the CSA Bastards in court for assessments over a few years (See AUSTLII Wilkinson v Wilkinson) and the court ordered CSA re-do their assessments and credit several thousand back to my account. took years but then it was just as long to GET THEM TO COMPLY.... in the end only sitting in there and refusing to leave until they FOLLOWED THE ORDER worked (and that was after loads of letters from my solicitor).
    Make no mistake - they are criminals. DO NOT talk to them or EMail or Message them... EVER. Get on GOV.AU web site and ONLY go through that. THey say shit like "Oh we can't SEND you documents through that etc etc etc" but when they HAVE to they can of course!! Then, you access it when YOU need to and when YOU have the best space and clarity and strength mentally....
    Good luck (I have been dealing with for 15 years now and have another 12 to go!!!)
    By: Rid from Nsw, Aust on February 24, 2016 @ 9:47 pm
    Hey, I havn't seen my son for 18 months. I'm a mum and his father denigrated me so much to him he actually believes every lie he was told. My daughter was just 10.5 and she fell trap to her fathers attention, something she never had from him but craved always she also is hidden away from me. I have nearly 100% care of my youngest son who due to his father not being able to cater for a young child (his fathers words) has allowed (his words) my son to live with me. Court is a nightmare, at the moment the pressure is on to balance the ratio between women winning and men so my case as an individual entity is ignored and so far has given their father whatever he wants, he breaks the orders, the law and it's been proven he mentally abused me for years ( not that I needed proof I lived the nightmare), the pschy says he has a mental personality disorder but so far noone cares.
    Don't give up ever on the hope that your kids can grow up and come back one day. I have grieved again and again the loss of my children except they are still (thankgod) on this earth, so every new photo that friends can sneak from social media is a treasure to me but I grieve again after looking at their faces. I keep positive and believe that while there is a future and my kids and I are in that future then something will bring us back together one day. I see it as though if I wasn't here and gave into the grief then my kids will never know the truth and will never have a chance to have their mum back. I also believe that if I want something to change or something to happen I have to set a goal and chip away until I'm on the path that will get me there. Some days just outright suck, the pain is almost unbearable but the future is still there and my kids will be there too. As for CSA and the so called legislation they are the reason my ex destroyed my kids relationship with me, he wanted money and has been relentless in his pursuit to lie and get as much of my money that he possibly can. Without CS I would have all my kids with me right now because it's all about the money to him. Keep your chin up, tread water as long as it takes you to survive, one day you'll be swimming wherever you want to.
    By: Bewitched from Vic, Australia on February 24, 2016 @ 5:47 pm
    GARY: Feel for you mate. Much of life don't make sense & can be disappointing to say the least...just hang in there and don't leave us ok!! Get some good people around you... sometimes they're far & few between but they do exist. I haven't seen my daughter for three years and she's an adult. It's along story but not even told what I have done wrong. It's all a head case at times.
    By: Gary from Western Australia, Australia on February 23, 2016 @ 7:28 pm
    It's now 16 years since I have seen my son, (she, his mother just makes it way to difficult). I still miss him, I still pay child support and I'm still hunted by her and csa even though she is very wealthy and my son is no longer at school and working. Where has it left me ? I can tell you that losing my son and dealing with csa over the last 16 years has left me brain damaged, emotionally bankrupt and unable to live a normal life. I have been diagnosed with PTSD, severe clinical depression, severe anxiety and a personality disorder. In a nut shell I'm fucked. Medication keeps the suicidal tendencies at bay but I do look forward to the day old age or life takes me from this mortal world. Like many I have suffered and am very tired, I just want it over.
    By: liz henwood from wa, australia on February 22, 2016 @ 10:53 am
    i am a grandparent and my son has adhd which has caused him a lot of grief in keeping a job he is a devoted father but cant hack the abuse from the ex and her family so he avoids all contact i pick up his don and meet the ex at pick up time. i donated my car to her but the csa wouldnt accept that as equivalent to child support which he hasnt had to pay because he cant keep a job .catch 22. she gave him 5050 as soon as her parents found out he started being pesyered to slter the family plan do wr went to court but he was so emotionally fucked up that at court he said he wanted to give up 5050 and only have the weekends.but the court said no you can only have alternate weekends because her patents both work. but so do i and i sm s grandmother and i habe to share the same weekend .i work evenings in a nursing home so i font get a chance to see my grandchild bevsuse my son was so emotionally hurt and no one can represent you in mediation and he wasmt allowed to have a sepersye hearing from her. dhe has lied to the police the court and to the childs school everything has to be her way and csa seem to be always on the womams side yes women are the primary carers yes we do habe vaginas and gave birth but that doesnt give us the right to be dictators does it.who loses out .the children.
    1050. By: Rid from Nsw, aust on February 21, 2016 @ 10:17 pm
    Small win... My ex claimed zero income and companied up. I put in a reason 8B objection, lost this on the basis his boss said he was terminated but CSA lady advised me to withdraw the 8B and claim under reason 8A so I did this. CSA have now said the ex earns up to $80000 a year and made this the assessed amount. Gives me a little reprieve until he tries again to claim zero income or objects to CSA assessment. He works everyday and claimed zero income, but the first time ever I got a win for now anyway.
    By: Peter from Tauranga, New Zealand on February 19, 2016 @ 10:43 am
    Further to my thread below our son received a further phone call from CSA yesterday afternoon asking why he had not made the last payment which is still set at the amount before he became unwell. This review has been going on since November and they still do not take the fact that he is suffering depression and anxiety seriously. He completely lost it with them and asked to do a conference call with IRD here. IRD were reasonable and asked him whether he could pay the minimum amount until things get sorted out. They were unaware of what was going on and that CSA 3 months on were still reviewing his case. He agreed on the minimum amount, which he can just manage to pay from his sickness benefit but I can see that this will go on and on. He is now dealing with IRD and CSA and neither know what is going on with the other. In spite of a letter from us, doctors certificate and us supposedly being his representative with CSA they are still hounding him with phone calls.
    By: Tkjc from Nsw, Australia on February 18, 2016 @ 7:14 pm
    To the poster that asked about a departure prohibition order I have tested and was stopped by Aust federal police and not allowed to leave there is no fine or offence commited for trying to leave the f...wits at CSA will tell you they can have you arrested and charged but as usual just another one of there lies I was told by CSA the day after I tried to leave that I should do as I'm told or I will face jail time my response was go f... Your self i haven't heard another word about it. What I suggest is apply under the FOI ACT FOR ALL THE INFORMATION they used to make the order it is in this you will find their lies and mistakes then apeal the order in court
    By: leafa matauaina from Queensland, Australia on February 17, 2016 @ 5:35 pm
    I am the wife of a hard working husband that is currently struggling to meet child support obligations imposed by CSA. Considering the child support laws favored the mothers involved in any circumstances when families face the unforeseeable of living separate lives as parents. I as a mother totally feel for any father in these situations who are genuinely trying as they might to support their children. I have seen my husband struggled to the brink of depression and CSA do not have the heart to consider his current financial situation. Yes I understand that people do make silly decisions when young and get into short-term relationship which brought forth innocent children. The bottom line is; it took two people to tangle and the father shouldn't be the only one blamed and burdened with the child's up-bringing. Where is justice in all this when the father is faithfully paying his side of the bargain every week, while the mother dictates that the child is not allowed to see him. He is working hard to survive which saw his income increased recently; unfortunately CSA thinks that he is accumulating more than the mother so they up his weekly payments whilst the mother has been on the same wages for the last 10 years....does that ever ring bells to CSA. This is so unfair when both parents have their own families and yet the father puts in way more that she is. I total disagree with the uniform treatment of every cases because not every circumstances is the same. CSA agents are always ready to defend the mother's side and go snooping around when any fresh allegations are brought forward about the father; but do very little or nothing if when the father indicated for a very long time that she is earning more than she has declared. This is by far very unfair, unreliable and inconsiderate of these agencies. I am looking forward to the year this innocent child turns 18 because, obviously, he does not know and prefers not to live with his father.
    Justice and fairness is the answer.
    By: Peter from Tauranga , New Zealand on February 14, 2016 @ 11:30 am
    Thanks for your best wishes Mel from Queensland. It is a hard time for all of us as a family. What makes it more stressful is having to deal with CSA rather than IRD here in NZ. You can't seem to get anywhere with them. When you speak to them over the phone it is like they are on autopilot whereas here he we would be able to make an appointment and go in and discuss his situation with IRD. Once CSA are involved however, IRD are no longer involved. It is CSA who decide how much he is liable to pay and IRD are just the agency for collecting. He has no objection to paying child support, although it was not his choice for his children to be living in Australia. He just can't continue paying as he was a few months ago due to his health problem. This has been going on for months now and he has depleted what little savings he had just to keep up with payments and still getting no where with CSA.
    By: Mel from Qld, Australia on February 13, 2016 @ 7:04 pm
    Peter from tauranga, i am from tauranga! Living in qld. Im sorry to hear about your son. There are no winners in this situation. please, look after your son. Sounds like he is high risk of becoming a statistic. Please dont let that happen. I wish you all the best. If he can just sit in a holding pattern til the kids are 18 well thats better than being dead. Some people go to prison for 18 years and come out ok. Once the kids are 18 your son can wear the badge "im a CSA Survivor" !! Sorry i couldnt be more optimistic :)

    Look after your son. All the best x
    By: Peter from Tauranga, New Zealand on February 13, 2016 @ 12:20 pm
    Our son's children were allowed to relocate to Qld 3 years ago by Family Court in NZ. Before this there was a good arrangement whereby he had his young children with him every weekend. A parenting order was put in place by the family court which states that the children are to be returned to NZ to spend school holidays with him. His ex-wife is contravening this order and on top of this he has CSA hounding him. He used to pay through Inland Revenue in NZ. Never missed a payment and always on time. Since his children went to Australia he has suffered depression and anxiety and has been on and off a sickness benefit for this reason. Working when he is well but at present he is suffering from bad depression and feeling suicidal. Not only is he having to deal with trying to get her to abide by parenting order through court but also having to deal with CSA. He put in an objection to assessment 3 months ago as he only receiving $210 per week sickness benefit but it is still ongoing with CSA saying they haven't received enough information. He has submitted medical certificate, bank statement, IRD statement and letter from Work & Income confirming that he is at present on a sickness benefit. Every time he phones them he gets to talk to different staff, in spite of the fact that that he is supposed to have a case manager. Most of the time he has to go through everything again, telling them what he has provided etc. They now say they have to submit this information to his ex wife before they can make a decision. We are now taking over as his agent because he is so stressed that he cannot handle talking to CSA robots anymore. They seem to be disorganised and documents that he has sent are not in the file for some reason. No wonder men commit suicide when they are already depressed and to being separated from their children and everything that has gone before and then having to deal with a foreign agency who decide that you should be earning a certain amount a year as you did before all the stress and upheaval turned your life upsidedown. I don't know where this is going to end as he can no longer take the stress in his present frame of mind.
    By: Paul from Qld, Aus on February 12, 2016 @ 5:10 pm
    Has anyone actually tested a departure prohibition order? What powers do border protection have to prohibit you leaving and if they can stop you why the $10k fine.
    By: Jason Miles from Western Australia, Australia on February 12, 2016 @ 2:39 pm
    my experience has been there is no silver bullet in combating paying child support, save having residence, being broke and assetless, not contracting with CSA as a third party or of course be dead.... and I in no way suggest the latter. I finally settled fam crt proceedings after about 11yrs by replacing a CSA debt of about $10,000 the mother had to me in exchange for an agreement for her to give the kids $1,500 and $1,000 a piece. Of course the mother never paid the kids a cent, even a decade on... Sadly, agreements are only as good as the word of those supposedly honouring any such agreement....people ...hmmm
    By: linda from qd, australia on February 9, 2016 @ 9:51 am
    we would like to know where the money for kids goes as my husband pay child support of 900 per fortnight we get letters off his ex wanting us to pay for haircuts shoes uniforms school fees school books and putting in to chid maintenance for more money wants the kids gone by 3 pm when the school hoidays start and then only wants them back the day before school starts but wont have the maintenance changed when we have the kids on holiday doesn't sound ike she wants the kids around only the money at wits end
    1040. By: Daveyone from Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on February 4, 2016 @ 2:47 pm
    The Australian Government, CSA and family courts: We demand that the Australian Government abide by the constitution of Aus. SIGN HERE;
    By: Oscar from SA, Australia on February 2, 2016 @ 8:20 pm
    has anyone here appealed a decision of the AAT through to the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court ??
    By: Mick from Victoria, Australia on February 2, 2016 @ 3:18 pm
    Absolutely Kris it's all fraud. If i had my time over with CSA I would not contract with them. No assessment and No benefit ..zilch. Any alleged debt would be null and void from the start. Another problem is those primary carers (typically mums) who seek to derive a Centrelink benefit must apply for child support. They often have no choice, even if they did not want child support from their ex. It's a twisted system so I say either don't contract with it and form any type of agreement, OR give them your terms and fee schedule where your charges could easily outweigh any BS child support fictional debt. Keep focused on your kids and ensure any money or support you give goes directly to the benefit of the kids. Fuck the system, it's a useless and broken theft machine!!!!
    By: Kris from Nsw, Australia on February 1, 2016 @ 10:38 pm
    Hi to all paying parents. Csa/family flaw multi billion dollar racket , destroying families and creating the new"stolen generation" and creating"domestic violence". All this complaining , remember it will NEVER change in this country.
    No TV station will help you they're all part of the same evil. All this "deadbeat fathers" and political correctness/ homo agenda is all a govtard maggot psyops. All designed to destroy family's /morals/faith. They can tell you tomorrow's weather and economic forecasts and trends, but the can't see people committing suicide , children stolen, people killing each other ,year after year, for what??? Because of unequal rights given to one parent over the other, that's is why. You want ACA ? They report on more important issues like marriage equality. So don't bother with those maggots. Tune out from this social engineering. Don't drink , don't play up,don't take drugs, to get through.
    Stay strong and healthy cause you will need to be to get through this. Your life will always be harder from now on. Cause the system wants to destroy you.
    Just ask the 21 fathers who comitt suicide each weak or the women who are killed, ask yourself a question , who benifits from this???.
    By: Byron from Vic, Au on January 29, 2016 @ 11:45 pm
    @PW ACA will not present stories that could discredit government agencies, they need the government on their side. That's the reason they continually air stories on deadbeat dads.

    Maybe if we flood them with stories from multiple people, we could temp them, nothing to loose
    By: PW from QLD, Australia on January 29, 2016 @ 6:48 pm
    I hear everyone's pain, being the victim of the system that judged by the gender not the case. I know men who tried to present the case with facts and documents to CSA but were totally ignored, just because the women in CSA think men is always at wrong (I am sure most of the time it was a female who picked up your call or talked to you at the counter). I am a female but I don't think all women are angel and men are devil. There are many ex-wives who make use of the loopholes and earn themselves a fortune from FBT and Child Support.
    Maybe someone who has a genuine case can present it to Current Affairs or similar tv program. Government agencies need some pressure from the media to take action.
    By: Jenny from Victoria, Australia on January 29, 2016 @ 8:32 pm
    Hello Junals,

    I would suggest that is way more legitimate than the CSA itself. CSA actions are beggar belief! How anyone who works for them can lay straight in bed at night. The human misery they cause way outweighs their purpose.

    By: james from SA, Australia on January 29, 2016 @ 6:42 pm
    HI, I have been separated from over 2 years now. My child support was originally set at $360 per month which I found easy to pay. My wage that year was around 50000. The following year my wage increased to around 70000, but my child support doubled to $650 month. 2 months later my child turned 13 and my child support nearly tripled to $870 month. My wage never doubled or tripled, so can anyone tell me how this is fair and what can I do to lower my payments. I've tried every avenue through Child support but to no avail. Child support don't care. I cant have my boy extra times as I am a shift worker and when I try and get him extra time she appears to get in his ear and convince him it would be better if he spent school nights at home. I am struggling to live on the money I have left now. Am I being unreasonable to think I'm paying to much??. Mean while the mother has a new house and renovated it and is going on holidays whilst I'm still renting a unit and abused when I spend money on my child to take him camping because I'm spending money I cant afford, money I should be spending on extra things she wants for him. I' agree with paying child support but this ridiculous. I an at my wits end and don't know what to do. Any suggestions please??
    By: richard from wa, australia on January 28, 2016 @ 4:54 pm
    Hi carrol from hamilton

    NZ taxes you from the year before so it can take time to reduce the taxes however if you contract as a company to an employer you can move your income into other places than just your personal accounts.
    IRd cannot rape a companies bank accounts
    By: WENDY from NSW, Australia on January 28, 2016 @ 11:45 am
    Hi,I am my partners representative as he gets too frustrated talking to CSA. I had a win the other day. His ex has kept his daughter (but we still have the son) therefore she has been in contravention of the orders. The ex then went and changed the care with Centrelink therefore changing the care with CSA. This had increased the payments per fortnight by CSA to a ridiculous amount even though there was a locked assessment in place that runs out in June 2016. But apparently with Centrelink when you are in contravention you cannot change the care arrangements. Now the ex has to pay back all the money she got from Centrelink for the contravention period, which is ongoing. I just now have to get CSA to do the same, but the problem is they go on actual care. Wish me luck!
    1030. By: Junals from Vic, Australia on January 28, 2016 @ 8:09 am
    Hi I just want to ask If this is legitimate? I've read a comment here suggesting this agency.
    By: Carrol from Hamilton, New Zealand on January 27, 2016 @ 11:30 pm
    Hi There can anyone tell me if there are any Tax consultants in Perth who deal with New Zealand fathers living in Perth and paying Maintence for a child in New Zealand
    The Payment goes through IRD .Also any advice regarding tax for child support.
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