Child Support refers to payments made by one parent to the other parent by way of financial support for their child. Child support can be arranged either via a Child Support Assessment through the Child Support Agency (DHS) or through a private agreement.
A Child Support Assessment takes into account a number of factors including each parent’s income and the time they spend with the relevant child or children. If you believe the Assessment is incorrect, there is a process by which the Assessment can be disputed.
Alternatively, parents can enter into a Child Support Agreement stipulating the amount of child support to be paid. This can be periodic payments and/or specific payments to benefit the child, including the payment of school fees, medical costs and the like.
Child Support generally cases once a child reaching the age of 18 however in some circumstances, payments can continue after a child attains the age of 18.
If you have queries or concerns about Child Support/Maintenance issues, please contact our Melbourne team of divorce lawyers so that we can provide you with further information tailored to your situation.