Child Support

When a relationship breaks down, our highly experienced family lawyers take the time to make sure you understand your rights as well as your obligations within the child support legislation and framework. This area of law is quite complex and requires an expert professional to guide you and provide the best possible outcome for you and your children.

  • Child Support Agreement
  • Child Support Advice
  • Variation and Dispute Assessments

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to register with the Child Support Agency following separation?

The short answer is no. You and your partner may reach agreement in relation to the payment of child support, however, if you chose to do so, your Centrelink entitlements may be adversely affected.

Can my partner and I make our own Agreement regarding Child Support?

The answer is yes. Even if your partner has been assessed to pay child support by the Child Support Agency, you are entitled to make your own arrangements. In such circumstances the Child Support Agency may not be able to assist you to recover amounts of unpaid pursuant to your agreement.

What is a child support agreement?

It is an agreement between the parties in relation to the payment of child support for a child / children of a relationship by one party to the other as an alternative to a formula assessment of child support. The agreement is required to meet the criteria of the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989. There are two types of child support agreements recognised under the Act, binding and limited agreements.

There are differences in relation to the length of and ability to terminate the different types of agreements.

It may be beneficial for parties to enter into a child support agreement in certain circumstances and care should be taken to consider the particular facts and circumstances of your situation prior to entering into an agreement.