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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,

Share your opinion and experiences about the pros and cons of child support,
lifting the veil on a most horrid part of family breakup!

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    By: Steve from SA, Australia on May 8, 2017 @ 9:17 pm
    I have paid out over 90 grand in 16 years to son that i thought was mine.
    Had a Dna test done here a few months ago 99% sure im not the farther.
    Dose anyone know if im entitled to get that money back ?
    By: tim from Vic, Australia on May 7, 2017 @ 12:08 pm
    I received a letter last week from csa as my ex has gone to them saying she has no money in the bank and cant afford education expenses ($1300) a year even though last year in the settlement she got the bulk of proceeds from sale of the family home in cash a third of my super and a block of land worth over $100k and she has only claimed to have the block as an asset but at a value less than it's worth Also she has claimed she is not working now as she has chosen to go to university and be a student where as myself I continue to work I pay child support through csa which was her choice and after I get paid then pay csa and my bills I'm skint til I get paid again. I am filling out the forms to send back to csa but feel I will get screwed over by the system again even though she is clearly lying to them can anyone suggest anything at all
    By: Kris from nsw, zog on May 1, 2017 @ 12:44 pm
    Hi to all paying parents.
    CSA helping to destroy families.
    To all those thinking how good it is receiving money from the paying parent, think again. While you might be enjoying it now, life is such that you will pay later. While you spend the money as if it is yours and alienate the kids from their fathers. One day it will end and by then you will probably be old, you where doing OK and nneglected yourself by spending it as it came to you. Now old with no education or credible work history you start to worry and panic. Used to getting it regularly now no more. You took the bait now you must pay. CSA helps no one, we fathers may suffer now but you will too later. Open your eyes.
    By: Sam from QLD, Australia on April 30, 2017 @ 10:12 pm
    I am a Mother who stupidly instigated a verbal agreement that we just go 50-50 for our kids post separation - in care and financial responsibility. 3 years later, I'm trying to do as much overtime as I can to keep a home and give my kids as many experiences as I can while they are young...meanwhile, I'm now paying $594 per fortnightly pay (garnished), as the father has decided that work is too hard, and I can be the cash cow without any accountability for that much being spent on the children. So guess what? It's not just men!!! The system is very broken. I've offered to pay for everything for my children, rejected as the Child Support formula is so much more lucrative. As it stands, I will more than likely be defaulting on my home loan. Crazy system...
    By: Hhoney from Wa, Australia on April 30, 2017 @ 7:43 pm
    To Danny
    There is an ombudsman for child support . If you have a letter saying you owed nothing contact them and explain your situation. It can all be done on line.
    1710. By: don from NSW, Australia on April 30, 2017 @ 2:24 pm
    To Hhoney in WA
    You can have the other child added for consideration which will reduce your payments
    By: Hhoney from Wa, Australia on April 30, 2017 @ 11:46 am
    Has anyone come up against the ex dictating child goes to uni after 18 and having them apply for adult support.? Has anyone been through this can u appeal do you know how it works? I have nothing other than a decent car pay $1600 a month in csa payments due to them using their own estimate and I have another child to support . Is there a way I can have this provisional income changed and back dated? As I only earn half of wat they are presuming and in the last 2 yrs have also been unemployed for 7 months. Thankfully it was broken up 3 months one period 4 the next am now working but still playing catch up on bills. Any advice would be appreciated.
    By: don from nsw, australia on April 29, 2017 @ 10:50 am
    to BB look at march 8 entry below for contact. don
    By: Dave from Vic, Aust on April 25, 2017 @ 6:56 pm
    No one should ever enter agreement with these agencies, however if you are in one, ask for verification of any claim or purported debt by way of a sworn affidavit. Doubt you will ever see one.
    By: Danno from qld, Australia on April 23, 2017 @ 8:43 pm
    Does anyone have an address for the CSA offices? I want to visit these thieves in person. They owe me money, claim I owe them, threaten me, take two months to reply to my letters and now go and contact my employer AFTER SENDING a letter that they wouldn't. Have enough of this crap, letter are words without any weight when the people who write and read them hide in a building. Would be grateful for an address so I can discuss my matter in person.
    By: Kris from nsw, ZOG on April 18, 2017 @ 11:27 am
    Hi to all paying parents. csa/family flaw multi billion dollar racket destroing families and creating the new stolen generation and domestic violence.
    Please read todays daily telegraph.
    In the article - 28 suicides each week from family flaw/csa related hate.
    Where is the National Enquiry? Or are we still in the domestic violence phase?
    On anzac day lets march for the forgotten dads, hated lost soles of this evil barbaric system.
    Revolution dreaming.
    By: bb from wa, australia on April 16, 2017 @ 12:41 pm
    ive applied to the aat for a review of an objection, i see oscar and don have an insight to this. would like to have a chat if at all possible with anyone who could shed some light on the aat.
    By: Richard Knight from Wa, Australia on April 13, 2017 @ 7:08 pm
    Finally someone has done it...a starting point of shared custody. Each parent has the right to be part of their kids lives and the other parent should not have the ability to stop that! http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article144229529.html
    By: Nick from NSW, Australia on April 7, 2017 @ 9:50 pm
    Boys, finally a victory for the good guys! Just had my Change of Assessment decision and they have come out on my side! Ex-wife had been declaring $0 income for years but we were on a private arrangement so it didn't matter. The assessed CSA amount was a ridiculous $1300 a month which I simply couldn't afford. I paid her $400 which was our agreed amount. Never missed a payment but she used to threaten me all the time with going to CSA and having them collect the full amount so that she could get her own way. Well, she got the shits one day after we argued and she actually did go to them and ask for collection. I knew she earned much more than me and hid it all being self-employed, so I sent in a Change of Assessment application to try to get a fair assessment amount which I could afford. I've never shirked my responsibility as the kids' father; in fact they lived with me for 10 years after we split up and she paid me bugger all in that whole time. Anyway, I got a brilliant case officer thank god, called Natalie Gale, bless her, and she took my 80-page pile of evidence I'd collected and dug even deeper. Natalie turned up all the hidden money and assessed her for $300,000 a year!! Until the kids turn 18!! I now get money back that they had started to garnish from my wages and don't have to pay her a cent! While it was all going on I offered to go back to a private arrangement since they were digging deep into her affairs, but I didn't even get a response. That made my victory all the sweeter! Her greed and arrogance came back to bite her on the arse big time. I know she'll use all this to try to turn the kids against me, but I will be honest with them, and I have proof of everything.
    My take on all this? Do a shit-load of evidence-gathering yourself before you send in a C of A application - they are more likely to make an effort if you spoon-feed them info and the places to search, saving them time and effort. Always be polite, never get angry or vindictive on the phone to them. Write down everything you discuss in every call. Always get a name and a receipt number. There is hope, and it doesn't always go the female's way!
    By: Chmapi from Vic, Morepopuilalia on March 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
    Child support is the best way to increase the uneducated, uncivilized population of a country by paying money from men to Breeding age women to discourage keeping a marriage and raising unhealthy, uneducated, undisciplined adults.

    Perfect formula for ECONOMIC PROGRESS.
    1700. By: Heather whitby from Wa, Australia on March 23, 2017 @ 9:16 pm
    Hi guys does any one know if you have to support your child after 18 if studying my husbands ex refuses to Le his son have a p time job I believe because her other 2 kids dropped out of school and she plans on screwing my husband for more money . She is vindictive and managed to turn his son away from him so he now pays 100 percent . She also left work to study as soon as she knew my husband had increased earnings to increase her CSA payments we have a 5 yr old and i work and have always just to make ends meet. I gave up tim with my baby becaus of CSA payments we pay $1600 pm for 1 child whilst they conceed 5k for our daughter who he has f time. If I didn't work we'd have nothing
    By: Heather from WA, Australia on March 22, 2017 @ 12:38 am
    Hi Jag you can find out the countries that are and are not linked to child support through australia on this link:

    https://www.humanservices..au/cgovustomer/enablers/reciprocating-jurisdictions-and-residency-child-support
    By: don from nsw, Australia on March 17, 2017 @ 11:17 am
    to Steve..
    read answer below to Sally
    By: don from NSW, AUSTRALIA on March 17, 2017 @ 11:14 am
    TO SALLY...You should try "Capacity to pay" claim find it in child supports hidden secrets pages under

    http://operational.humanservices.gov.au/public/Pages/SiteMap/siteMap.html

    this will have a black column down the left hand side, scroll down to "separated parents" and click.
    This should have you elevated past the CS defense screen.
    nobody you talk to by phoning CS will tell you about it unless you force it on them. Good luck
    Then scroll down to 277-03130000
    This is "capacity to pay"
    this should give you a start
    By: Sally from NSW, Australia on March 16, 2017 @ 12:43 pm
    My husband has 2 kids with his ex. We have 2 children together, aged 6 and 1. Each time we informed CSA of the arrival of bub, his ex's taxable income coincidentally decreased by a significant amount. Last year when our 2nd son was born, her taxable income dropped to just under $8000.
    She has 100% care of the other 2, due to her ringing CSA and telling them the kids weren't going to come and stay with us any more. She did everything she could to discourage them and told some really nasty lies about their father.
    How can her income drop from $50000 to $8000 in one year while she is still supporting children? My husband is paying her close to $500 per fortnight, while also supporting our 2 children and myself while I am on leave from work.
    I believe that fathers should definitely help support their children, but the system seems to be rigged in favour of the mother. She took the kids away from him, stopped him seeing them and is now getting a quarter of his income every week in Child support while we struggle with bills and groceries.
    By: Steve from Wa, Aus on March 16, 2017 @ 10:52 am
    I am currently paying about a quarter of my wage to my ex and once you add up shopping, utilities, insurances, mortgage etc it leaves me and my new partner extremely broke. We have children together who live with us. I have one to my ex who I don't get to see.
    My question is, is there a financial hardship assessment that i can send in? Has anyone done this in the past?
    By: Phillip from Nsw, Australia on March 13, 2017 @ 9:32 am
    I'd also like to know how to close csa case when you've moved overseas
    Same as Dave below. Anyone know?
    By: Kris from nsw, ZOG on March 12, 2017 @ 11:10 pm
    Hi guys

    Top answer Paul.
    Tom just keep paying + a bit more mate, cause if you dont you won't see your kid for some time.
    Suggest to those just starting their csa sentence.
    Buy yourself a caravan ,something that will last at least 15 years.
    You need to diversify your work.
    Ask your parents or friends if you can park it at their place sometimes.
    Follow the seasons and go fruit picking for a few months, while you live rent free in your caravan.
    Work for cash as much as possible.
    Don't think about grand things like buying a house,cause that will be impossible even for those who don't pay cs.
    At least you'll be travelling along the country with your mind off all the shit and might even find a little town which you might settle in. Life will still go on... do some study to improve your qualifications . And by the time you know it this will all be behind you.
    Or you can spend the next 18 years doing what wise man Paul said below.
    Revolution dreaming...
    By: Gordon from NSW, Australia on March 11, 2017 @ 10:41 pm
    First of all I'd like to say FUCK OFF BLAIR

    Now, let's get to the important stuff:
    I'm a father of two (diff. Mothers). I pay Loads to CSA for my eldest. My youngest I've been denied contact with since before she was born. I never held her when a newborn, I never walked her in her pram, I never settled her to sleep and put her in her cot. I experienced nothing but heartache for the last 4 years. I decided now it would benefit everyone if I just give up.
    Any other fathers feel like this or am I alone?
    By: Paul from Q, Australia on March 9, 2017 @ 10:18 pm
    Tom, just to add to what Oscar has said. The amount calculated by CSA assumes that even if you have shared care, she pays all the bills. Ludicrous I know but this is something that they won't tell you unless you get to the Tribunal or Federal Court. In essence, you should not be paying a cent more than your child support. If you have, lodge a 'non agency payment for everything that you have paid over and above your child support. If you have documents to support what you have paid they cannot refuse....although they will. You then have to lodge an objection. If that fails...it will, you go to the Tribunal and fight it out. If that doesn't work, Federal Court next. Ever wonder why people give up and put a bullet in thier own heads?
    1690. By: Dave from Wa, Uk on March 9, 2017 @ 5:40 am
    How can you close a csa case if you and your ex partner / child no longer live in oz
    By: Oscar from SA, Australia on March 9, 2017 @ 12:52 am
    Tom

    you are only obliged to pay what the CSA assesses you to pay, or any other amount by a Court order. If you want to pay more you can, but it will not count for anything except good will.

    so my advice - pay to her only what the CSA says to pay. If you feel you want to do more for your kids, then do it - but do NOT listen to your ex when she tells you that you HAVE to pay more.
    By: Tom from New South Wales, Australia on March 8, 2017 @ 11:22 pm
    Hi im tom just wondering i pay my child support religiously i have been paying half day care fees half of school fees half sports fees and half of anything else like glasses braces ect which i dont mind if they need but have been told by the ex (bitch)that i have to pay half of anything they r involved in.any info from anyone would be much appreciated as i dont know if she's taking advantage of me and the csa wont tell me a thing besides the amount of cs i have to pay.plz help a man in need!!!
    By: don from nsw, australia on March 8, 2017 @ 10:40 am
    to WATO.. email dbpedaler@hotmail.com.
    By: Wato from Nsw, Australia on March 8, 2017 @ 8:31 am
    Beauty Oscar, my email address is wickedwato@hotmail.com. It would be awesome if you could drop me an email and then we can share details. Thanks so much buddy.
    By: Mervin from NSW, Au on March 7, 2017 @ 10:49 pm
    CSA= bullshit
    Court=bullshit
    Fathers rights= bullshit
    By: Oscar from SA, Australia on March 7, 2017 @ 10:07 pm
    WATO - are you going to the AAT ?? I have just been through it, and am about to go back after appealing (and winning) the AAT's decision to the Federal Circuit Court.

    Not sure what your grounds are - but happy to chat if you want any insight to the AAT.

    leave some contact details and I will call or email you - then we can arrange a call.
    By: Mac from wa, australia on March 7, 2017 @ 3:50 pm
    Hi all
    what is a fair deal when it comes to paying flight costs interstate when I am already paying max CSA and will increase more once the court allows ex to relocated to Victoria from WA and then I wont have my kids as often therefore my CSA payments will increase. My ex had an tax income of less than 3thousand due to self-employed but remarried and obviously not declaring her true income where mine salary is high in mining.
    thanking you
    By: Wato from NSW, Australia on March 7, 2017 @ 10:44 am
    Hey Don, hoping you are still out there somewhere. I have done a shitload of work on my case and would love the opportunity of going through it with you in preparation for the Tribunal. I am happy to pay you for your time. Presently, I am being ignored by my supposed case manager ever since requesting copies of CUBA notes, recordings, dates, an account of funds I have paid ETC. I patiently waited 30 days and no information arrived after being promised to me. Follow up phones calls have proven fruitless. I really want to move forward with this and I believe that your unique insight may well assist me in achieving this objective.
    By: steven from WA, Australia on March 7, 2017 @ 2:29 am
    http://www.mychildsupport.com.au/class-action.html
    1680. By: Robert lucas from Qld, Australia on March 6, 2017 @ 9:42 pm

    I'm sharing this letter I just wrote to Child Support Help Australia.
    I'm sharing it with this forum for some advice we are bumming out big time


    Hi my name is Robert Lucas. I have applied a couple of times to speak with you about my current situation.

    I urgently need your help urgent please. I have just read an email that says I am not allowed to leave Australia. My wife and family have organised a 2 week trip to Bali to celebrate the coming of my 50th birthday. We are suppose to fly to Bali this Wednesday 08th March and return to Australia on 22 March. I have not worked for the last 18 months due to a back injury and I'll health. My wife is the bread winner in our family. Everything is paid for and we cannot afford to cancel anything as we will lose all of the money. This is a surprise birthday present and renewing of our wedding vows with our 4 children. I was only told about it on the weekend.
    I am in tears right now as I write this letter. My children are excited as are myself and my wife as this is such a milestone in our lives. If I had money to pay I would but I don't. My wife and children don't deserve this. I don't know what to do I'm devistated to say the least. I'm reaching out to ask for your help we only have tomorrow to sort this. I pray to god that we can get a positive result. Or I may be getting a divorce instead of renewing my vows. My wife and children have sacrificed so much to make this trip happen😩

    Kind Regards

    Robert Lucas
    0457700787

    Below is a copy of the letter
    By: andrew from NSW, Australia on March 6, 2017 @ 10:51 am
    Hi Greg, I am also leaving full time employment this week and as yet have not spoken to CSA. I am moving overseas in late May. I would be interested in how you went about notifying them of your change in circumstance.
    By: Greg from QLD, Australia on March 1, 2017 @ 11:02 pm
    I've been offered a better offer of job/income overseas. I don't have a outstanding CSA debt, and have advised CSA that Ive ceased employment and have no other income source in Australia. They advised that regardless of my current no income and not being on centrelink payments, i still have to pay the minimum monthly payment of $34.???
    Im happy and prepared to pay for my child, but am grudged by the hard tactics and regulations imposed by CSA. My query is if i venture overseas, to a reciprocating country and start work there, how the hell do they find out? my guess would be first through immigration to find out where I land , and then secondly by checking tax system for my details in the country. Would this be a fair assumption, or as some people have advised that as long as i declare myself as a non-resident after 6 months out of the country then CSA have no way of getting at me? does anyone have similar experience or knowledge to be aware of in this situation. I'm planning to leave by Mid march. Any thoughts appreciated.
    By: Jag from SA, Australia on March 1, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
    Can any gents help me? I wanna know what countries don't have csa agreement with Australia?? Like if I move to America can csa still find me and take my money? What about Philippines? Thailand? England?
    any help appreciated
    Thx
    By: Bob from SA, Australia on February 28, 2017 @ 7:02 pm
    Beware of entering into any commercial agreement with csa, banks, courts, councils, telcos, tolls, police or any corporate agency from the get go. There is an imbalance in power and all terms and statutes are unilateral weighted in their favour. None has any authority prior any agreement, so don't consent. Only a claim can be made against you if loss has been allegedly caused. So again, beware people of good faith.
    By: Daniel from Ex-NSW, Ex-Australia on February 27, 2017 @ 11:28 pm
    Best advice ever: Move far away BEFORE csa signs your name on their invisible contract!!
    By: Mark from Vic, Australia on February 24, 2017 @ 10:56 pm
    This terrorist organization CSA who terrorized my life for over 10 years , I want to tell them thank u mother fuckers for making me hate my own son and hate the fact of having children with other good women who deserves to have and raise children , but uz killed my good heart , I haven't seen my son for almost a year and it was my decision for me not to see him becoz of he's dirty mother the one tht she has been using him to drain the fuck out of me and take all the money and buy brand new car bmw every year ,,, I truly hate my son and his mom and I promised my self not having any children in the future anymore ,, I hate kids from now on ,,, I wanna tell everyone to wake up , ur kids and ur money are not urs , how many years u sacrifiy for ur kids people they will take ur health ur wealth and at the end when they will turn 13 fuck u dad , see u later ,,, people we look after the children of that shit ugly corrupted world ,, thanks CSA for making realize how fucked the world and to have a children from ugly gold digger wives
    By: GV54 from NSW, Australia on February 24, 2017 @ 9:31 pm
    Hi
    Quick question
    Has anyone came across the predicament of the other parent actually working for the CSA?
    I put in for a change of circumstance because i am not working at the moment (lovely wife supporting me) i also finally did tax so my taxable is now lower then what they had me estimated at bringing the child support payments down. The other parent has put in an objection about it.. The kicker is she works for the CSA and therefore would know all the ins and outs and the correct things to say. Also how am i sure that the "case" worker is not her friend having a good chat to each other? would love any ideas or info on how to deal
    Thanks
    By: Bob from SA, Australia on February 23, 2017 @ 10:38 am
    Making any agreement with child support agency or any agency of government is where we all go wrong. There is no authority they initially have, just the authority from the terms (their acts and statutes) associated with any agreement you enter into with them. SO BEWARE!!!
    By: Matteo from NSW, Australia on February 20, 2017 @ 11:33 pm
    Lawyer advised me that after doing DNA my ex can take me to court any day for child support. I just wanted reassurance the child was mine. Now SHe can just decide on a wim one day, wakeup and go 'I want $' and apply to court and WIN right away. I semiregret DNA now coz im waiting for her to get mad and use it to fuck me over. She already tried calling them but they can't do shit w/o her going to court and getting it ordered. Hate knowing balls in her court.
    1670. By: Tim from WA, Australia on February 16, 2017 @ 3:35 pm
    Thanks for your reply Robin from New South Wales. Yes our orders do state that she wasn't aloud to take them away and so will be facing that as well next month in court.
    Regards :)
    By: robin from New South Wales, Australia on February 16, 2017 @ 12:34 pm
    timothy
    If you have consent orders in place did they have a relocation clause in them ? If they didnt she cant move without you agreeing. As you have found them and they are back in your home town the courts wont let her move with them again unless its in her and the kids best interest as in she got a better job or remarried. CSA is in place for a reason so its to be used on the kids and it will have to cover their air fares.Also when you go back to court ask that if she moves ( only on court agreement and your ) she has to cover all costs of travel to you.Also all csa payments can be claimed on tax that started about 2 years ago I think just need proof you pay it
    By: Gsm from Qld, Australia on February 16, 2017 @ 11:51 am
    My letter to Kathryn Campbell




    Dear Ms Campbell


    Congratulations. Last night a friend of mine committed suicide by gassing himself in the car he had been forced to live in by your department. Whilst restricting all access to his children the CSA garnished approx 60% of his wage and left him unable to support himself.

    The social/socio-economic repercussions of direct action from your dept is nothing short of disgraceful and inhumane. Homelessness, domestic violence, tax evasion, unnecessary community angst are just some of the issues that you appear happy to turn a blind eye to.

    If i had known my friend was in such a bad way i would have offered a roof over his head at least, but it seems the embarrassment he faced everyday and the depression he inherited from not seeing his children and the lifestyle you forced him to live stopped him from reaching out to people who could help, and subsequently led to his death.

    You are a disgrace and everything your dept stands for is flawed. You dont care one bit about the children, all you do is promote legally assisting women in this country to use their children as pawns against their fathers.

    If your dept wasnt as malicious as it is im sure a large majority of these separated couples would be able to work together in the best interests of their children.

    I hope you sleep well at night on your $500k+ salary a yr and blood on your hands, you will forever be known as a murderer and the worst Human Resouces Secretary this country has seen.

    R.I.P. TK.......he was a good man, a good father and deserved better. If you would like the details of his funeral so that you can attend and see what your handywork has done first hand i will be happy to pass it on to you, dont expect a kind reception though.


    Insincerely yours


    G.M.



    Sent from my SAMSUNG Galaxy S6 on the Telstra Mobile Network

    By: Timothy Godfrey from WA, Australia on February 16, 2017 @ 10:41 am
    Hi quick question. I am facing trial as my ex kidnapped my kids last year and took them to Victoria but with out doing things the correct procedure as far as our court orders. Long story short is I found them and with recovery order returned them until further orders. My question is if she get to relocate them then who pays for their flights? is that cost CSA Deductible?
    Thanking you kindly
    By: RoBbEd from VIC, AUST on February 15, 2017 @ 11:20 am
    The 72,625 applications for intervention orders is just Victoria!!... What an abuse of the system

    Law firm investigated over alleged abuse of intervention order. A Melbourne law firm is the subject of a police investigation over claims it threatened a man to accept a low valuation of his former matrimonial home or he would be pursued in court over breaches of an intervention order.


    The most recent data from the Magistrates Court of Victoria reveals a 10 per cent increase in 2014-15 in the number of applications for intervention orders from the previous year. Most of the 72,625 applications were made by Victoria Police, which has placed a significant strain on the resources of law enforcement agencies and the justice system.

    However, Melbourne barrister Michael Challinger​ claimed intervention orders were increasingly being used to provide leverage during legal negotiations, which imposed a significant burden on the court system and police.
    He said the legal process required a mechanism to filter out spurious intervention order applications.
    "No magistrate wants to make a mistake, then appear on the evening news when an application has been refused and something terrible has happened. But orders do more than restrain violence. Often they separate a man from his children or evict him from his home," Mr Challinger said.

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/law-firm-investigated-over-alleged-abuse-of-intervention-order-20170209-gu95ld.html
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