Child support is the ongoing legal responsibility of separated parents to provide an appropriate level of financial support for their children to ensure that the child’s needs are met.
The Child Support Scheme is governed by the Child Support Agency (CSA) and the Child Support (Assessment) Act, which aims to ensure children to the age of 18 are financial supported.
Broadly speaking, child support is meant to cover such things as;
The CSA follows a formula to calculate how much Child Support needs to be paid. This formula takes into consideration;
Visit CSA, who provide online estimators to help calculate how much Child Support needs to be paid.
Once the Child Support amount has been agreed upon, parents have the choice for the management of Child Support payments to be either; self management, Private Collect or Child Support Collect.
This is where parents arrange the child support payments without involving CSA. Both parents need to;
Is where a child support assessment, agreement or court order sets the amount and the parents work out how and when to pay.
This is where the CSA tells the payer parents how and when to pay, collects payment and transfers to the receiving parent.
For more in depth information regarding these three methods of organising and paying child support click here.
If you don’t believe your child support contributions or receiving amount is fair, you can either use your legal team or apply to the CSA to change your child support assessment due to special circumstances.
Child support for many parents is not a complicated issue, however for others it is far more contentious. If you and your child’s parent aren’t able to reach an agreement on child support matters please contact us on (03) 9620 0088 or email [email protected]
Note: This is general information advice only and does not constitute specific legal advice. If you would like further information in relation to this matter or other legal matters, please contact us on 03 9620 0088 or email [email protected]