Child Support Should Be Matched By Family Support

Media Release 21 August 2011
Family First NZ is welcoming the new rules surrounding child support, although they would like to see equal focus and investment in strengthening marriages and supporting families at risk or under pressure before the relationship breakdown occurs. They also prefer stronger consequences placed on parents who are primarily at fault in the breakdown of the relationship. 

“A number of recommendations made by Family First in its submission have been adopted by the proposals made by Peter Dunne, including taking the income of both parents into account rather that just the paying parent’s income; recognising shared care of a child at lower levels than the current 40% of nights test; and automatic deduction of child support payments from wages,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ 

“There is obviously an issue with parents going overseas and avoiding their responsibilities – and children are the ultimate losers in this. 2008 figures show that nearly 13,000 liable parents live overseas yet this group owes one third of the total debt.” 

“Child Support should be strongly targeted at parents who abandon their responsibility or who are proved to be unsuitable to care for the children e.g. domestic violence, sexual, physical and psychological abuse – not at those who wish to maintain their responsibilities related to raising their own children. The current regime has been too inflexible and has lead to unjust results. The latest proposals will go some way to addressing that unfairness.” 

“But the system needs flexibility and we would like to see more recognition of ‘fault’. Many parents are being alienated from their children – even when they may oppose the separation – and are then financially liable in an unfair way.” 

“For the sake of the children in terms of contact and material needs, and the financial pressures on sole parents, we must ensure that the system is fair to both parents and places the same obligation, responsibility, and role on each parent.” 

“Ultimately, this whole debate shows that there are no winners with family breakdown, and we must do more to strengthen marriages, encourage stability, and provide resources and support for families at risk or under stress,” says Mr McCoskrie.


1 comment for “Child Support Should Be Matched By Family Support

  1. David Krippner
    29 August 2011 at 6:36 pm

    As a responsible parent, and having been on the recieving end of the current legal system reguards Children and access.
    I can totally understand parents (mostly men unfortunatly) who are accussed of all sorts of untoward behahiour, have there God given responsiblity of raising thier children taken over by laywers with an (anti family and/or anti men)agenda or social agencies who also have an agenda (family splitting/nanny state). And yet are expected the pay for their up bringing, pay for the lawyers and court costs while reetablishing themselves having been kicked out of their home and family. And be totaly happymean time.(any showing of strong emotion is taken as agression and used against them).
    Since (hither to family first) they have not had a voice, I dont dont blame parents from walking away in total discust and utter frustration.

    I am shocked at how once the legal system is engaged on relatinship issues that it is all totally focussed on splitting up the parents, depleating the families resorces, empowring the children to be in control and feeding laywers and the ambiguious legal system which strangly enough are enacting ambiguious laws created by ex lawyers who are now now in power.

    I also note Our current legal system seams to bare a strong resemblence to a poker game. If you have enough money you can push the other players off the table. And last man standing takes all.

    David 45 Father of two girls 8 and 11 years old.

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