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QLD Separation - Timeframe to Find Work?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by King Neptune, 9 January 2017.

  1. King Neptune

    King Neptune Member

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    My ex and I returned to Australia 6 months ago from the UK due to immigration 'complications' arising as a result of our separation. Aussie citizens, eight-year marriage, 3 children in primary school. Children spend 50:50 time with each parent. In the UK, we were both employed full time as professionals, and both have the same Aussie education and experience.

    I was able to find work immediately upon returning to Australia, however, she is still looking. Obviously this has some financial implications for me with child support...

    Does the Agency have any sort of guidelines to measure what constitutes a reasonable timeframe/effort looking for work? She has a solid backlog of cash in the bank post-separation so she isn't desperate to work (so to speak), and wouldn't be eligible for Centrelink etc.
     
  2. SamanthaJay

    SamanthaJay Well-Known Member

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    Is CS aware of her cash situation?
     
  3. sammy01

    sammy01 Well-Known Member

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    You could lodge a dispute. You would have to establish that she can work but is choosing not to.
     
  4. King Neptune

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    Thanks both. CSA isn't aware of the cash situation but my understanding is it would not factor in significantly given their formulaic approach for making a determination. I am considering lodging a dispute, however, am curious about how they would evaluate.


    Centrelink has guidelines regarding efforts looking for work (to receive unemployment benefits), but I'd hazard a guess that the CSA's expectations are less onerous and any method they'd use to assess would be more opaque (because unlike Centrelink it's not the general taxpayers money they're needing to account for...)
     
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