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Aussie Fundraiser to Support Fathers

compiled by Moody Jim Rathbone

Courtney Hewett fundraiser child supportAustralian Courtney Hewett is holding a photo shoot for a cause and is asking for community support. After the sudden loss of a close friend, Courtney decided she wanted to create a fundraiser in his memory.

Courtney, along with Aleesha Watson of Creative Designs by Aleesha, makeup artist Catrina Loller and hairdressers Jordan Atkinson and Melita Newland, have coordinated a glamor boudoir photo shoot to raise much needed funds for the Australian Brotherhood of Fathers (ABF).

The ABF is a lobby group that seek social justice reforms in government and court to encourage fair child custody outcomes.

It believes fathers deserve equal opportunity for shared parenting with shared costs, providing a more fair child support payment system. “Twenty-one fathers commit suicide every week due to childhood visitation issues,” she said. That is in Australia alone.

The photo shoots will be held on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, for a cost of $280. This price will cover the cost of hair, makeup, photography, 15 edited images, food platters, drinks and a a generous donation to the cause. “I just wanted to do something a little bit different,” she said.

So why is this article on this website. A little good news is needed… from somewhere.

The curse that has come to rest on fathers needs some good news, and this is about as good as it usually gets. This is a decent idea for a good cause. The good old USA needs some inspiration in this area, as well as some interest and guts. Australia child support is similar to other modern nations through United Nations treaty. Only the United States has the cursed Bradley Amendment, where the government cannot forgive or modify any debt retroactively.

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Child Support in Australia: Pay up or lose

PARENTS who fail to make child support payments will have the amount docked from government benefits as part of tough new compliance rules. From July 1 all parents paying or receiving child support will have their payments adjusted according to a formula based on the cost of raising children. To give them time to prepare for the changes, the Child Support Agency will start sending letters to 1.5 million parents from today. At least the Australian government considers the income of both parents as a factor along with the cost of raising a child instead of simply penalizing the non-custodial parent.

I wonder if the founding documents in Australia are anything like those in the United States?

Child support: pay up or lose welfare

by Stephanie Peatling

PARENTS who fail to make child support payments will have the amount docked from government benefits as part of tough new compliance rules.

From July 1 all parents paying or receiving child support will have their payments adjusted according to a formula based on the cost of raising children.

To give them time to prepare for the changes, the Child Support Agency will start sending letters to 1.5 million parents from today.

“The last thing we want is for parents to all come to us on July 1 and say their payments are wrong,” said Trevor Sutton, the agency’s deputy general manager.

The agency is anticipating 30,000 calls a week from parents asking about the changes. An extra 450 staff have been employed to help the agency cope with the expected deluge of calls.

As part of the changes to child support, the agency has beefed up compliance rules.

Parents who are not paying will face having payments such as unemployment and disability benefits and veterans’ and parliamentary pensions garnisheed.

The agency already has the power to stop people owing child support from leaving the country.

The new system allows the agency to ask parents for more detailed information about income and financial assets to make sure they do not pay less than they should.

The July 1 changes are the third and final stage of the biggest overhaul of the child-support scheme since 1988.

The Howard government was prompted to make the changes after a parliamentary review found the scheme was inequitable and had failed to keep pace with increased government payments to families.

Under the changes, payments will no longer be based on a percentage of the taxable income of the child support payer.

Instead, they will be based on the parents’ combined income.

Assessments will include children from other relationships.

The formula takes into account the cost of raising children, who will be assessed in two age groups – up to 12 years and 13 to 17 years.

The changes will recognise the time each parent spends caring for a child. For example, a non-residential parent who looks after the children for at least 14 per cent of nights each year is likely to pay less child support in recognition of the costs involved.

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