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What is Child Support?

Parents have a responsibility to financially support their children regardless of whether they spend any time with the children or not. The Child Support Agency is the government department charged with ensuring that parents understand and meet their obligations to support their children after separation, and will assess the parents’ child support liability and, if necessary, recover child support from a parent. If you don’t agree with a child support assessment, there are processes for making a challenge within the Child Support Agency, or through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or through the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court.

Parents have a responsibility to financially support their children regardless of whether they spend time with the children or not.

Child Support Agreements

It is also possible to enter into private Child Support Agreements which set out the agreed amount of Child Support to be paid and the agreed expenses that Child Support is intended to meet. Consideration should be given to the impact of these agreements on any Family Tax Benefit or other government based entitlements that the parent in receipt of Child Support might receive and your ability to meet these payments if your financial circumstances change.

FAQ

How is child support calculated?

How is child support calculated?

Child support is administered by the Child Support Agency and is calculated under the Child Support (Assessment) Act. This legislation provides a formula that is used to assess the amount of child support payable by a parent. If you believe you may be entitled to child support payments from an estranged spouse/partner, we recommend that you immediately contact the Child Support Agency for further details.

The Child Support Agency will advise you of the amount of child support likely to be assessed in your particular situation. Factors which will influence the level of child support you may be entitled to receive or pay include the age of each child, the income and other financial resources of the payer and of the payee, together with details as to whether the payer has any other children whom he or she has to provide financial support for.

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