Child Support is an ongoing periodic payment made by one parent to the other parent for the financial benefit of a child following the end of a marriage or other relationship.
A person who is not a parent of a child may also apply for Child Support if they are an eligible carer of that child.
Child Support is assessed by the Child Support Agency and the amount paid by one parent to the other depends on the number of children, level of care i.e. how much time the children spend with each parent, and each parent’s income. The amount received can also be collected by the Child Support Agency or privately.
There are some circumstances where an objection or review may be lodged with the Child Support Agency.
Parties to a child support assessment can enter into a private arrangement that can be formalised through a Limited Child Support Agreement or a Binding Child Support Agreement.
Limited Child Support Agreements allow parents some flexibility to provide an approach to manage their child support arrangements. These types of agreements will not be accepted by the Child Support Agency if the payments are less than the amount determined by a child support assessment.
Binding Child Support Agreements allows parents to make binding agreements about child support payments. These types of agreements are accepted by Child Support Agency. Independent legal advice must however be obtained before entering into a Binding Child Support Agreement.
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