Child support is a payment made by one or both parents to the other to help with the cost of looking after the children. If parents agree, they can make a legally enforceable agreement about the amount, frequency and method of child support payments after separation.
There are two types of child support agreements:
- Limited agreements
- Binding agreements
Child support agreements should not be entered into lightly. They are legally enforceable financial agreements that, in some cases, can only be changed by future agreement between you and the other parent or by making a complicated application to the Federal Circuit Court. You should get legal advice before making or ending a child support agreement.
The Child Support Agency manages the assessment and collection of child support.
When assessing how much child support is payable, the Child Support Agency considers:
- The parents’ income – both sole and joint income
- The number of nights the child spends with each parent
- The child’s age
There are a range of options available when it comes to the collection of child support. If the party paying child support, fails in their obligations to make those payments then the child support payments can be deducted directly from their wage.
What if I want a private child support agreement?
If both parties agree, they can enter into a private child support agreement. A private Child Support Agreement allows parents to include periodic and non-periodic payments (i.e. payments for health insurance, school fees etc.) into their child support arrangement. Please contact our office for more information about private Child Support Agreements.
What if the other party lives outside Australia?
If the other party is living outside of Australia, they may still be eligible to pay child support. Our lawyers can assist you to better understand your entitlements or liabilities in relation to child support.
If you need family law advice and/or would like information on parenting arrangements and child support agreements, Wiltshire Family Law can help. We offer a free initial consultation and have a highly trained, caring and compassionate team of family lawyers ready to assist you. You can contact us confidentially on 13 20 30.