Child Support

Expert legal advice on child support from Brisbane family lawyers

Key Points

There are a number of ways that separated parents can arrange child support for their children, including:

  • an informal agreement;
  • an Administrative Assessment through the Department of Human Services (Child Support Agency); or
  • a Child Support Agreement (there are 2 types, being a Limited Child Support Agreement and a Binding Child Support Agreement).

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When parents separate, they are both liable to financially support their children.

The level of financial obligation will depend on a number of factors including each parent’s income, the children’s age/s and the care arrangements for the children.

The Department of Human Services (Child Support Agency) provides an online child support estimator, which can be a helpful guide and/or starting point for parents:

For higher income families or families with additional children’s expenses (e.g. private school fees), it may be appropriate to negotiate a private child support arrangement, rather than proceed with an Agency assessment, so that there is certainty as to who is to pay the private school fees, extra-curricular activities, private health insurance and the like. These arrangements are usually formalized via a Binding Child Support Agreement, and formal legal advice is required for these Agreements to be binding and enforceable.

If an Administrative Assessment is made by the Department of Human Services (Child Support Agency), there are ways that a parent can seek to have the assessment reviewed and/or a different payment sum put in place. This is usually via the Agency in the first instance, however if the necessary circumstances apply, this can occur via the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

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