Child Support

Either parent may request the Child Support Agency to make an assessment of the amount of child support one parent must pay to the other. The assessment is formula based and takes into account several factors, including:

  1. Taxable income of each of the parents
  2. Costs of raising the child or children
  3. Percentage of time the child or children spend with each parent (usually only nights are taken into consideration)
  4. The age of the child or children
  5. The cost of living of each of the parents
  6. Whether there are any other dependant children

Parents may also negotiate a private agreement about child support. They may agree on a sum less than or greater than the amount assessed by the Child Support Agency. They may agree on the method of paying significant expenditures such as private school fees, uniforms, sporting fees, etc. They may also agree on a lump sum arrangement. In these circumstances, it is usually advisable for parties to enter into a Child Support Agreement.

There are two different types of Child Support Agreements: Binding Child Support Agreement and Limited Child Support Agreement. You should contact one of our specialist Family Lawyers on 02 8355 7384 for further advice about which one of these agreements is more suitable to your needs.

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