RESEARCH – Value of Family (2008)

Fiscal Benefits of Marriage and Reducing Family Breakdown in New Zealand

Released October 2008

Family breakdown and decreasing marriage rates are seldom considered in debate on social policy issues, such as poverty among families with children, in New Zealand.

A recent 70-page report issued by the Children’s Commissioner and Barnardos, for example, contained no reference to marriage or divorce and parents’ separation was only discussed in the context of assessing Child Support liability (Fletcher and Dwyer, 2008).

Read the report…

Executive Summary

FULL REPORT The Value of Family



Media Release for Report
Marriage Breakdown Costing Taxpayers At Least $1 Billion a Year

When Marriage and Work Do Not Pay
CALCULATE the Marriage Penalty and Poverty Trap for your family.
(note: As the Excel Model contains macros you may need to click ‘Yes’ to enable macros or ‘Enable Macros’ if prompted when opening the file.)
CALCULATOR Technical Summary

Media Release for Marriage Penalty Tax
Penalty Tax For Being Married As High As $15,000

For additional copies, please contact Family First NZ [email protected]

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