Friday, 23 October 2020

How is Child Support Calculated?

Child Support

In Australia, c
hild support is calculated using a formula that considers the income of both parents, the number of children in the family, and the ages of the children. 

The Department for Human Services (DHS) uses a set of  six formulas that examines the situation of the parents. These six formulas are a variation of the basic formula used for child support assessment.  
The annual rate of child support is often assessed using formula one. Formula one is the basic formula used for single child support assessments where neither parent has another child support assessment case and both parents provide care for the children.
8 steps are followed to determine the annual rate of child support that each parent will pay under formula one. 
First, the child support income of each parent is identified. Then the combined child support income of each of the parent is calculated, the percentage of each parent’s income is then calculated. 
After this, the percentage of care of each parent is determined and the cost percentage is determined.
Each parent’s child support percentage is then calculated, then the costs of the child is determined by factors such as the parent’s income, number of children they have, and the ages of the children.

The last step is to determine the annual rate of child support for the child.

Jumoke Odepe is a freelance legal writer and researcher.

The blog by Active Pen is published to serve as general information only. It is not legal advice or a substitute for legal advice on any subject matter. The reader should understand that reading this blog does not establish any advisory relationship between the blog publisher and the reader.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

#Endsars #End all forms of oppression in Nigeria


End all forms of oppression in Nigeria

This movement has brought me so much joy. This is the dawn of a new era in Nigeria 🇳🇬. I’m proud of the Gen Z soro soke generation. 

#End Sars

#End all forms of oppression of the people of Nigeria 

#End bad governance 

#promote technology 

#promote security and sanctity of the human life

#welcome new era


Toronto, ON

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

What is Patent Mining?

Patent mining is a term used to describe the process of managing and monetizing patent portfolios by identifying, categorizing, and prioritizing assets within an organization. 

Firms use this process to identify which patented technology within the organization appears to be the most valuable asset to license or to sell in order to generate revenue. 

The patent mining process also includes the identification of patentable inventions or ideas within an organization for the purpose of prioritizing the idea for filing patent applications.

Firms also use the process to identify acquisitions that would strengthen an existing patent portfolio.

The objective of patent mining is often to pinpoint from a large patent portfolio, the highest-rated patent, and those with the best claims.

Jumoke Odepe is a freelance legal writer and researcher.

The blog by Active Pen is published to serve as general information only. It is not legal advice or a substitute for legal advice on any subject matter. The reader should understand that reading this blog does not establish any advisory relationship between the blog publisher and the reader.

PC: Colin Behrens, Pixabay

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Chadwick Boseman, RIP

 Rest on Chadwick Omotunleshe Boseman. 

Thanks for the movies that represented us in the superheroes sphere, for the African accent that you used, for fighting for equality while fighting for your life. 

It meant a lot to us to see our black boys and girls sit proudly at the cinemas when Black Panthers’ movie premiered. They saw their superheroes, for the first time, in you. 

Stories matter, you improved our stories. You represented us well. You reduced the negative stereotypes. You did well.

We won’t forget you, Omotunleshe, meaning, our child has improved our status. 

Wakanda forever. 



Friday, 7 August 2020


What is fashion?
Image by Melody Jacob
Do you sometimes conjure few pieces of clothing together and deeply appreciate your creativity but you know that you are not bold enough to step out of your bedroom wearing your creation? I've been there. Or more like, I go there every time. I always wonder, who determines how we dress? Who dictates what the appropriate color combination is and what shoes to wear with what? Who defines our ever dynamic fashion moral compass?

I have been intrigued by fashion since I was a little girl. My mum wore heels that went on for days, I would try them on and walk around the house just like my mum. My sister and I would paint our nails with ink from red gel pens and rub it off before mum could see it. I was quick to start wearing lipstick, little did I know that my lipstick application was as good as sticking an extra lip on my lips. Of course, we eventually outgrew the sad lip part.

I find clothing and accessorizing the most intriguing part of fashion. I live to see and copy how models catwalk in baggy culottes with baggy sweaters, sleek summer dresses, evening wears, and I live especially to see how models combine their colors and styles on the runway. I aspire to imitate modeled fashion, this does not always necessarily translate well. Sometimes, my imitation stays in the realms of my imagination. 

I also find it crucial to have my own personal fashion, fashion according to me. This is what I term, my personal style. For some people, their personal style is street style, for others, it is corporate fashion, for some more, it is corporate casual or simple casual, for some, like me, it is a mix of all depending on my outing and mood. But it is essential to me that I am comfortable in whatever I wear. Ever so often, when I'm planning my vacation, I find myself researching the best vacation outfits for my destination. For example, what to wear while vacationing in Kenya or how to dress while vacationing in Europe. I go on and on till I ensemble my travel outfits. That's fine. But what I do next is crucial. I transform the results of my research into my personal style - which is, street fashion plus comfort plus a mix of diverse fashion styles.

While there are many answers to the question, "what is fashion?" or "who determines how we dress?", I have learned that fashion is what makes sense to me. Fashion is about my comfort. Fashion is to be bold while expressing my creativity. It is to live my clothing and accessories, fearlessly. To combine my colors in a way that makes me glow from within. Fashion is to understand my personal style, the style that excites me, and then release that style to the world while walking my personal runway called earth.

Jumoke Odepe
Toronto, 2020

Sunday, 2 August 2020


Plan. schedule. live well
Image by karolina grabowska from pexels

The "design your life" quote below is one of my favorite motivational quotes. It says:

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. " - Jim Rohn.

I have seen this play out over and over again, I have to be the pilot of my flying times. I have to take charge of my life and manage it. Otherwise, I will live other people's plans over and over again.

Toronto, 2020