Parents have a responsibility to 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.
How much child support is required to be paid will depend on various factors including the income of both parents, the level of care each parent provides and the costs of raising children.
We invite you to provide everything you would like to tell our lawyers during your first appointment, as well as any questions you have. Some of the information that may be useful could include:
- Name, address, occupation of both parents;
- Number and age of children;
- Time children spend in each parents care;
- The school in which the children attend and any evidence of enrolment;
- Income of both parents;
- How much child support is currently paid for each child;
- Details and copies of any administrative assessments in place;
- Details and copies of any change of assessment decisions in place;
- Details and copies of any State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) decisions in place;
- Details and copies of any Family Court orders currently in place;
- Any special considerations that need to be taken into account e.g. private school fees; and
- Any other information you think is relevant or would like us to know prior to your appointment.