The Child Support scheme covers the majority of children in separated families in Australia. The support payments for children in separated families are commonly agreed upon by each party, or, where this is not the case, assessed and monitored by the Child Support Agency instead of the Courts. The sum differs from case to case. This is because child support payments are dependent on specific circumstances and income. The sum is also based on the application of a statutory formula.
Although the scheme was introduced in 1989 to simplify the process, many subsequent arrangements have made this area of law more complex. Parties should attain legal advice to understand Administrative Assessments issued by the Child Support Agencies, and all the rights and obligations the Assessment gives rise to.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Child Support?
Child support refers to the obligation of parents to financially support their children.
How is it calculated?
The Child Support Scheme will calculate the sum to be paid using a formula that is based on the following: income of both parents, the costs of raising children, the number of children in the family and the amount of time each parent spends with their child.
Can child support payments be disputed?
Payments can be disputed. To dispute a payment, an application must be filed to the Child Support Agency. If the Agency acts in a way contrary to the interests of the filing party, further steps can instigate a review.
Can parents make their own child support arrangements?
Willing parents can make their own child support arrangements.