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The Child Support system exists to provide financial support and contribute towards expenses for children such as food, housing, clothing, school costs and other activities.
Both parents have a responsibility to support their children. The legislation provides that its principle object is “to ensure that children receive a proper level of financial support from their parents”.
If a private agreement regarding child support cannot be reached, the Child Support Agency can assist in assessing and collecting child support. The Child Support Agency is also a resource from which to source child support advice.
The amount of support payable is determined by a variety of factors such as:
You can lodge an application for child support, obtain an estimate of support payable and locate services by accessing the Child Support Agency website at www.csa.gov.au.
Child support is normally payable until a child reaches 18 or if the child turns 18 during their last year at school then until the child completes school.
If the agreed child support is greater than the amount assessed by the Child Support Agency, it is beneficial to enter a Binding Child Support Agreement to document the agreed additional payments.
If your child is over 18 and support is still required, you should seek legal advice in respect of making an Application for a Departure Order to the Court.