Child support is usually resolved separately from your matrimonial property and living arrangements for the children, although obviously the time your children spend with each parent will influence the child support outcome
Child support payment arrangements are overseen by the Child Support Agency (CSA) - a Federal Government organisation that provides support and assistance to both parents, including calculating, collecting and transferring child support.
How is child support calculated?
The child support formula recognises that by caring for your child you are directly meeting some or all of the costs through care. In particular, the formula puts a financial value on the care you provide to your child, which in turn influences the amount of child support payable. It's not just all about income levels.
Different formulas are applied depending on how often your children are in your care, or your former partner's care (ie: how many days or nights a year) and income levels. It is rarely a simple process.
There are a number of other complex problems associated with this part of family law, such as:
- Laws relating to appeals against a child support assessment
- What you can do to find a non-paying parent
- If and how you can enforce a non-paying parent to make their payments
The complexity of these issues means it is beneficial to have an experienced Family Law professional help you navigate through them.
Contact our Family Law experts.
Lucy DohertySenior Lawyer
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