Perth Family Lawyers – Child Support
Parents have a responsibility to financially maintain their children. This is often referred to as “child support”. Child support applies even if you have never lived with the other parent. Child support is usually paid until a child reaches the age of 18 years. However, in some instances, a parent may pay child support towards a child over 18 years.
The Child Support Agency assesses how much child support one parent might pay to the other. CSA does this through child support assessment. The parent receiving payments is often the primary caregiver.
CSA bases child support assessment on a number of factors. This includes:
– the income of both parents
– the level of care provided by each parent
– the costs of raising the child
Perth Family Lawyers – How much child support will I pay or receive?
You can estimate child support amounts using CSA’s estimator. This tool is purely for estimation purposes. Therefore, it may not be applicable to your situation.
Parents can reach an agreement on child support between them. An agreement would outline the payment method. This might be in the form of periodic cash payments or lump sum payments. Therefore, payments may or may not be cash-based.
Parties can obtain independent legal advice before making child support agreements.
Perth Family Lawyers – When to contact us
If you are a parent and have separated, you should obtain legal advice about child support. We can provide advice on your child support matter. Further, we can prepare child support agreements or help you obtain or change a child support assessment.
Our Legal Practitioner Director Shannon Bodeker has worked as a Senior Case Officer with the Child Support Agency.
Contact Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators by phone (08) 9323 7711 or email Ms Bodeker. We provide a complimentary pre-read and first appointment at a reduced flat rate.