Child Support – Perth Family Lawyers – Child Support
Parents have a responsibility to financially maintain their children. This responsibility is often referred to as “child support”. Child support applies even if you have never lived with the other parent. This responsibility usually continues until a child reaches the age of 18 years. In some circumstances support can also be paid for children over the age of 18 years.
The Child Support Agency is responsible for making assessments as to the level of financial support required. A child support assessment determines the amount of money to be paid to the parent with primary care of the child by the other parent. The amount of child support required to be paid will depend on various factors. For example, the income of both parents, the level of care provided by each parent and the costs of raising children will likely be considered. The amount of child support payable to you (or to be paid by you) can be estimated using the Child Support Agency’s estimator. You should be aware this tool is purely for estimation purposes and may not apply to your particular circumstances.
Alternatively, child support agreements can be resolved privately between parents. These agreements can outline the payment method, for example periodic cash payments or lump sum payments that may or may not be cash based. Some child support agreements require both parties to have obtained independent legal advice.
If you are a parent and have separated, you should obtain legal advice regarding either paying or receiving support. Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators are able to assist by providing advice, preparing child support agreements or providing assistance in obtaining or changing a child support assessment. Our Shannon Bodeker has previously worked as a Senior Case Officer with the Child Support Agency.