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Child Support Act, It is commonly recognized that both parents have a financial obligation to contribute towards the cost of raising their child. The national Child Support Agency under Services Australia is responsible for delivering the child support scheme in addition to regulating, collecting, and administering child support services. They are your first point of call for any child support queries you may have.
This depends on a number of variables, such as:
The Child Support Agency provides a free online calculator (see https://processing.csa.gov.au/ChildSupportFormula/CareEstimator.aspx) that you can use to work out approximately how much child support you are liable to pay or eligible to receive, depending on your particular circumstances.
Child support is to cover expenses related to raising the child such as:
If you are seeking the other parent pay you child support, the first step is to contact the Child Support Agency to request an assessment issue. The Child Support Agency will take your information, liaise with the other parent and issue an assessment which provides for the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly child support payable. They can also collect the child support from one parent and pay it to the other parent if a private arrangement is not suitable.
There are avenues to review and appeal a decision as to child support as made by the Child Support Agency. Firstly, an internal review is conducted. If the dispute is not then resolved, the matter can progress to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (also known as the AAT) to make a final decision.
Parents can also chose to enter into a child support agreement being a private document that sets out how their child support is to be paid, how much is to be paid and what it is to cover. There are 2 options for such child support agreements, either a Limited Child Support Agreement or a Binding Child Support Agreement.
Parents will commonly enter into these documents to cover additional expenses associated with raising a child such as:
Don’t get lost in the child support maze! To discuss child support and your particular situation further, please contact the team at James Noble Law for a free no-obligation 20-minute consultation today.
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