Child support is a payment made by one or both parents to the other to help with the cost of looking after the children.
Parents are responsible for the financial support of their child / children. Services Australia is responsible for administering Australia’s child support scheme.
A parent’s responsibility to pay child support is not changed by:
- separation or divorce;
- where the child lives or the amount of time the child spends with each parent; or
- the remarriage of one or both parents.
Child Support Agreements
The Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth) governs the payment of child support in Australia. It allows for parties to voluntarily enter into two types of Child Support Agreements.
If parents agree, they can make a legally enforceable agreement about the amount, frequency and method of child support payments after separation.
There are two types of child support agreements:
- limited agreements
- binding agreements
Entering into either of these agreements allows parties to opt out of an Assessment of each parent’s obligation to pay child support as determined by Services Australia.
If you would like to consider whether a limited child support agreement or a binding child support agreement might be right for you, please contact us to arrange an initial consultation. We would be pleased to discuss your options with you.