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Can my son be fined or punished

Answered 11 months ago

My son separated from his wife and moved into my home. From the very beginning he had his 3 children 3 days a week. His ex wife, presented him with centerlink forms claiming support for the 3 kids stating she had them 6 days a week and he had them for only one. He signed the form agreeing with that statement under the threat from her that she has would stop the kids from seeing him and he them. My son lives for his kids. I don't know how long she received the benefits under that arrangement. They are now divorced and she works but it has been a harrowing time for the kids and especially my son who has endured countless abusive episodes from his ex wife and she has threatened many times to take the kids from him. He lives in fear of what she will come up with next. Will he be punished for lying under threat?


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11 months ago
I think it would be best to speak to a lawyer as well

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11 months ago
Your son isn’t claiming money, if anything fixing this will put him in credit with child support but they won’t back date that far, I think it’s only a couple of months from memory. Did they do custody arrangements with the divorce? It might be time to either fix those if they state 1 night or get some if he doesn’t have any. If he does he can call child support, send in the relevant documentation and they will tag team with centrelink to fix everything. He shouldn’t feel like at any moment something could set her off and he won’t see his children. I’d give anything for my daughter to see her father once a week or fortnight let alone how much your son is involved, it’s so important they maintain a bond and it’s so sad when there are mothers out there who are willing to use their children for money grubbing.

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11 months ago
It's probably best that he speak with a family lawyer about this one.

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11 months ago
It means she claims more ftb , it’s ripping your son off not Centrelink as he could have claimed ftb as well. She would have still got any other benefits.

It also affects child support payments

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11 months ago
He needs to get court orders drawn up. If the kids have been with him 3 days he needs to come clean and report her for falsely claiming and deal with repercussions.