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Child Support

  • Are you entitled to receive child support?
  • Want to know about your child support payment options?
  • What should you do if you are not receiving child support that is owed to you?

Are you entitled to receive child support?

The Child Support Agency (CSA) assesses how much child support should be paid from one parent to the other.  You can estimate how much child support you might be entitled to by using the CSA’s online calculator.  Factors that determine how much child support you might receive include:

  • Your income and the income of the other parent;
  • How much time the child spends with you (percentage of care); and
  • The age of the child.

Child support is usually paid until a child reaches the age of 18 years. However, in some cases a parent may pay child support for a child over 18 years.

Want to know about your child support payment options?

You should seek legal advice if you want know about your child support options.  This might include:

  • Whether there are additional or special costs of raising your child that are not included in the CSA estimation;
  • If you would prefer to pay child support as a lump sum; or
  • If you are entitled to child support for a dependent child over 18 years of age.

Our family lawyers can help you reach agreement about child support by way of a child support agreement.  We can also help if you disagree with a CSA child support assessment.

What should you do if you are not receiving child support that is owed to you?

In general, the CSA will assist if you are not receiving the child support that is owed to you.  However, there are some circumstances in which you may need to make an application to the Family Court in relation to child support.  The court can make orders to enforce the payment of a child support.

Legal advice should be sought before making an application to the Court for child support. Our experienced family law team can provide you with advice about the relative merits of your case.

 

 

 

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