All parents have a duty to care for and financially maintain their children, this is known as child support. If you are a parent and need information about child support, your obligations and your rights, contact us for specialist advice.
Child support is governed by the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and provides for the Child Support Agency to calculate and collect child support from the liable parent. A child support application cannot be made under the Family Law Act 1975, unless the application for an administrative assessment of child support has been reviewed.
Getting an accurate child support assessment can assist you and make a difference to your family. You can also enter into a limited or binding child support agreement if you consider that this is appropriate for your situation.
When can I apply for child support?
You can apply for child support anytime, provided that you are separated from the other parent. There is no time limit after a separation as to when a child support application can be made.
How is child support calculated?
The child support agency uses a formula which is based on the cost of raising children, the income of both parents and the care arrangements of the children and whether the parents have any children in other child support cases.
When does child support stop?
Child support will stop when your child attains the age of 18 years or completes Year 12. Where a child marries or enters a de facto relationship or if deceased then child support will also stop.
You and the other parent of your children can elect to enter into a legally binding child support agreement. This agreement can deal with the payment of school fees, including private school fees and extra-curricular activities for your children. Binding Child Support Agreements can also deal with the cost of health insurance and medical and dental costs. If you are thinking about entering a Binding Child Support Agreement, you will need expert assistance.
We pride ourselves on making sure that whatever the terms of the Binding Child Support Agreement you are well-protected and informed of your responsibilities and consequences of entering the agreement.
If you require further information about Child Support or Binding Child Support Agreement, please contact us today.
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