The Child Support framework is in place to help separating parents provide the necessary support for their children’s wellbeing and
every-day living expenses.
It’s important that you work through the process and pay or receive the correct amount of Child Support. Payments are usually made until a child turns 18 years of age.
There are a number of factors to take into account. Assessment is made based on factors including:
You and your former partner can enter a private arrangement for Child Support either in the short term or long term. To avoid confusion or misunderstanding in the future, we recommend that you formalise your private agreement through a Binding Child Support Agreement so that it is legally binding.
The Australia Government Department of Human Services (“DHS”) has an online calculator to work out Child Support payments using a basic formula. This may be an excellent starting point to best understand your responsibilities.
You have two options:
Child Support can be a very emotive subject. To get accurate information and ensure that you are paying or receiving the correct amount, arrange a meeting to discuss your circumstances with Nik Koolik.