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Is This Australia’s Biggest Deadbeat Dad?

Being in arrears of child support is one thing, but $350,000 in arrears? That is on a different level.

The extensive powers of the child support agency (‘aka The Department of Human Services – Child Support’ but who has time for that mouthful…) paid off in December last year when the ‘dad’ (and I use the term loosely) was stopped at the airport due to his $350,000 child support debt.

Departure Prohibition Orders (DPO’s) can be placed on non-paying parents by the child support agency, which will see them stopped at the border and prevented from leaving the country while the debt remains. And the government appears to be on a mission with the child support agency and the Department of Immigration working together to recover monies from would be absconding parents. In the 2016/2017 financial year, more than $10million in unpaid child support was recovered from 1800 Australians who were placed on DPO’s.

But to make number 1 deadbeat dad even worse (not possible….surely?!), he paid the outstanding amount in full. On the spot. The whole $350,000.Just had it sitting in his bank account apparently. Standing ovation for this man…

Child support is for the support of your children, cough it up people! Don’t get me wrong, I know that there are plenty of times when the child support agency gets it wrong and parents are incorrectly and/or unfairly assessed and I personally believe that significant changes should be made to the assessment process which allows parents to ‘estimate’ their income and have a child support assessment automatically changed.But there are review and appeal processes in place to assist people in those circumstances.

Otherwise, there is no excuse for not paying child support. None. Especially when you have $350,000 sitting in the bank!

And here’s a tip….you can’t refuse to pay child support because the other party is not facilitating you spending time with the children, or because you want more time with the children than what the other parent is willing to agree to, or you don’t believe that the money you are paying will actually be spent on the children. If those are your issues, make an appointment with one of our family law specialists to discuss your options.

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Written by Amelia Trotman on March 20, 2018

Experienced in all aspects of Family Law, Amelia has a particular interest in complex parenting and property matters, international relocation matters and surrogacy. Amelia's down to earth approach and empathetic nature allows her to develop trusting relationships with clients and work towards achieving the best possible outcomes. View Amelia's profile

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