Arranging child support – what’s involved?

Posted on Oct 6, 2018   |   Categories: Family Law

There are 3 ways in which parties can arrange child support matters. They are:

1. Assessment

After filing an application through the Child Support Registrar, an administrative assessment will be carried out to calculate the relevant amount of child support that should be paid.

The assessment process is based on a formula that takes into account the number of children, parental income, and a number of other factors.

Once an assessment is issued, the liable parent will usually need to pay a periodic payment (eg. Weekly or monthly).

There is an objection process that allows the assessment to be reviewed.


2. Child support agreement

There are two types of agreements: limited and binding.

a) Limited child support agreement:
• Replaces any child support assessment;
• Relatively simple to change if the parents’ income changes; and
• Can be set aside after 3 years.

b) Binding child support agreement:
• Replaces any child support assessment;
• Is enforceable; and
• Changing the agreement is difficult unless there is consent.


3. Informal agreement

If parties are largely agreeable and no assessment has issued, they can simply enter into an informal arrangement based on mutual trust.


For more information about arranging your child support affairs, contact Baker Love Lawyers (02) 4944 3322.