Domestic Violence victims should not have to pay child support to the aggressor.
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Exemptions in payment of child support needs to go both ways in Domestic Violence situations:-
Change is essential to Child Support Legislation in 50/50 shared care arrangements.
Currently only the aggressor is granted the exemption from paying the recipient, but the exemption does not go both ways. This is a massive concern, particularly on stress levels and anxiety to the victim. Where is the money to pay the perpetrator to come from, whilst continually suffering from DV. They isolate the children and victim from family (and his family) at any possible opportunity and for no valid reason. Trying to cope with daily life as a single working Mum and the daily struggles of PTSD from the DV within the marriage, together with the ongoing DV since separation is overwhelming to the point of physical and mental exhaustion. Removing the stress of the child support payment would remove one massive worry from the DV survivor's life whilst still needing to deal with the ex. (Children are young and victim still has a LONG time to manage this antisocial behaviour).
An exemption for the perpetrator from paying Child Support due to Domestic abuse (which, by the way doesn't stop once you're divorced!!) can be obtained by the victim through Centrelink. However this does not go both ways. The ex can set up a business and claim he earns less than the victim (as he doesn't "pay" himself much) so now the victim has to pay him Child Support. This makes the survivor of a DV relationship feel like a victim again in a financial abuse situation and causes a lot of emotional distress, anxiety and worry. Vindictiveness from the perpetrator when instigated Child Support due to inability to continue a private arrangement due to the ongoing DV often happens.
Change of Assessment Applications through Child Support: -
In DV situations the financial circumstances of the recipient of DV should NOT be given to the aggressor as part of any application process. A conscious choice to go through this process and give him personal financial information, or to "suck it up" and just pay him to protect privacy needs to be made. Maintaining self respect in finally obtaining financial freedom from a controlling ex has been removed by the Department with this act. Self preservation prevails and payment of CSA over handing this information over to them is the choice. The Government is encouraging this financial DV and are only "talk" about wanting to stop DV. (I grit my teeth whilst on hold to Centrelink listening to their anti DV message, it's a crock).
The intention of the CSA exemption to the aggressor is to alleviate one issue of the DV from the ex caused by him having to pay CSA), a potentially dangerous issue. Well, I believe exemptions should be given to the victims to relieve this massive emotional burden, stress and financial abuse in our life whilst still dealing with regular DV and the PTSD from the marital DV. Emotionally dealing with attempts of control, manipulation and bulling are physically and mentally exhausting. There is only so much a person can deal with.
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Unpaid Child Support needs to be a bad debt against their credit rating to force payment. Or CSA pays the recipient and then CSA claims the debt against the payer. Too many parents are owed thousands and thousands in child support leaving their children living below the poverty line. The loopholes need to be closed so a business can't be set up in a way too avoid CSA payments. The child support debts need to be paid off. The dishonest people in this world know there are ways around paying CSA and see the system as a joke knowing CSA are not collecting the debt they should.
Please support my partition. Please write a letter to the Federal Minister requesting change (I am in the processes of doing this).
(Update: I wrote to a dozen Ministers and all responded basically saying that's the way the legislation is. Well... Change it Ministers Change it!!!!!!!)
There are many women in this situation.
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