Child Support Fact Sheet
What do I need to know about Child Support?
Assessment of Child Support
The amount of child support may be determined according to:
• Child Support Assessment: this is where the Child Support Agency (CSA) calculates payments based on a legislative formula. The formula is based on the cost of children, the income of both parents, the arrangement for the care of children for whom child support is payable, whether the parents have any relevant dependent children living with them and whether the parents have any children in other child support cases. Paying parents may be able to have ongoing child support payments adjusted where the paying parent is making prescribed payments in addition to the payment of child support.
Assessment of Child Support Continued...
•A Change of Assessment: If a parent does not agree to the assessment by the CSA because of the special circumstances affecting one of the parents, or the children, a parent can lodge a Change of Assessment form explaining the reasons why the assessment should be changed.
• A Child Support Agreement: There are 2 types of formal Agreements that are recognised by the CSA:-
• Binding Child Support Agreements: Each party must obtain legal advice before entering or terminating this type of Agreement. This type of Agreement provides for long term arrangements and can only be terminated in extremely limited circumstances.
• Parents need to consider the effect of entering into an Agreement on any Family Tax Benefit Part A payments that the parent receiving child support may be entitled to.
Collection of Child Support
There are 2 ways in which Child Support may be collected:
• Private Collect: This is a flexible arrangement where parents can transfer money between themselves. Parents should agree in writing to when and how the payments are to be made.
What Child Support Matters can go directly to Court?
If a person is unhappy with an assessment of Child Support or the decision of a Registrar, generally speaking the first step in the process is to make an objection. This is an internal process, which takes place within the CSA.
Parents can still appeal directly to the Court in a number of situations including:
Some other important points:
• There is a minimum payment of $20.00 per child per week for all cases.
Government Agencies That Can Help You
Our Family & De Facto Law Team: