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Child Support Lawyers

Safeguarding your child's well-being through child support

With our expertise in child support matters, we are committed to helping you navigate the complexities of child support arrangements, ensuring your child’s lifestyle and stability are safeguarded for a brighter and more promising future.

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Our approach to child support matters

Child support plays a crucial role in ensuring the financial well-being of children. We recognise the significance of providing comprehensive advice and options to our clients when it comes to child support. We are here to guide you through the process and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

In most cases, child support matters can be resolved outside of the court system through negotiation and agreement between the parents. We will work closely with you to ensure that the correct amount of child support is being paid, taking into account your overall circumstances and the specific needs of your children. Our goal is to facilitate a fair and reasonable agreement regarding payment amounts and any additional financial contributions.

Drafting the child support agreement

If an agreement is reached, we can assist in drafting a child support agreement that clearly outlines the terms and conditions. This agreement can be registered with the Department of Human Services – Child Support, providing an official record of the agreed-upon arrangements and ensuring their enforceability.

In situations where reaching an agreement is challenging or not possible, we can provide guidance on preparing and submitting an application to the Department of Human Services – Child Support. They will assess the application and determine the appropriate amount of child support payable based on their guidelines.

Who is required to pay child support?

Both parents have a legal obligation to contribute to the financial support of their child or children, regardless of their living arrangements or the time spent with the children. Whether you were married, in a de facto relationship, or never lived together, both parents are responsible for sharing the costs associated with raising your child or children.

Our experienced family lawyers are well-versed in handling child support matters and can provide the necessary advice and support throughout the process. We are committed to ensuring that your child’s financial needs are met and that you have a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities when it comes to child support.

Do I need a lawyer?

Child support matters can be complex, and individual circumstances may vary. It is recommended to consult with a qualified family lawyer or contact the Department of Human Services (Child Support) for personalised advice and guidance based on your specific situation and jurisdiction.

Throughout the process, our experienced family lawyers will provide guidance, support, and expert representation, helping you navigate child support matters and ensure the financial well-being of your children.

Questions aboutChild Support?

Questions about Child Support?

Child support in Australia is calculated based on the income of both parents, the number of children, and the percentage of care each parent provides. The Department of Human Services (Child Support) uses a formula to determine the amount of child support payable by the non-residential parent.

Yes, parents can reach a private child support agreement without involving the Child Support Agency. This can be done through a binding child support agreement or a limited child support agreement, which outlines the agreed-upon financial arrangements.

If a parent fails to meet their child support obligations, enforcement actions can be taken by the Child Support Agency. This may include garnishing wages, intercepting tax refunds, or pursuing legal action to recover the unpaid child support.

Child support arrangements can be changed or reviewed if there is a significant change in circumstances. This can include changes in income, care arrangements, or other relevant factors. It is advisable to notify the Child Support Agency and seek legal advice if you believe a change is necessary.

Australia has reciprocal agreements with several countries to assist in the enforcement of child support payments. The Child Support Agency can work with international authorities to recover child support from a parent residing overseas, subject to the specific country’s laws and agreements in place.

The Child Support Process
1.
Initial Consultation

Meet with us to discuss your situation and goals. We will provide advice on child support and assess your specific circumstances to determine the appropriate approach.

2.
Calculation of Child Support

We will help you calculate the appropriate amount of child support based on the Child Support Formula. This formula takes into account factors such as the income of both parents, the number of children, and the parenting arrangements.

3.
Negotiation and Agreement

We will help you negotiate child support arrangements with the other parent, aiming to reach a mutually acceptable agreement outside of court. This includes discussing the payment amounts, frequency, and any additional financial contributions.

4.
Child Support Agreement

If an agreement is reached, we will draft a child support agreement that outlines the terms and conditions. This agreement can be formalised through a Binding Child Support Agreement or a Limited Child Support Agreement, depending on your circumstances.

5.
Department of Human Services - Child Support

If you require assistance in preparing and submitting an application for child support, we can guide you through the process. The Department of Human Services - Child Support will assess the application and determine the amount of child support payable.

6.
Compliance and Modification

Once child support is in place, we can provide advice on ensuring compliance with the agreed-upon arrangements. If there are significant changes in circumstances, such as changes in income or parenting arrangements, we can assist in seeking modifications to the child support arrangements.

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