Both parents are liable to financially support their children until they turn 18 years old or have ceased full time secondary education.
Some parents enter into a private agreement with regards to child support, where they agree an amount of child support and make their own payment arrangements. For some parents, this remains an informal arrangement but others formalise this though a Binding Child Support Agreement.
Some parents will ask the Child Support Agency to calculate their payments and then make their own payment arrangements. Other parents will make an application to the Child Support Agency and then have the Child Support Agency also deal with collection.
In most circumstances, child support will just be calculated administratively by the Child Support Agency. However, there may be a time where you will ask the Child Support Agency to make a special assessment of the child support you pay or receive.
Occasionally, some parents will negotiate a lump sum child support payment. In most circumstances, this will be at the time parties are negotiating their financial settlement, at which point you will likely enter into a Binding Child Support Agreement.
At Torney Legal we can provide you:
- with advice on Child Support issues;
- advice and support to you in changing or challenging your assessment;
- Prepare and advise you on Limited Child Support Agreements or Binding Child Support Agreements; and
- Referrals for advice on taxation effects (such as Family Tax Benefits) and other financial issues.
To apply for child support, go to the Department of Human Services website.