Is Child Support Compulsory?

In this video, Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Special Counsel Jitesh Billimoria discusses whether child support is necessary.

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Is Child Support Compulsory?

 

In this video, Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Special Counsel Jitesh Billimoria discusses whether child support is necessary.

Transcript

Today I want to talk to you about if child support is compulsory. The simple answer is yes, it is. 

As parents, we have a duty to maintain our children and even as separated parents, we have a duty to do so. 

In Australia, the agency that used to do this task was the Child Support Agency and now it is known as the Department of Human Services. Often, parties will reach agreement with the other as to how much child support is payable by one party to the other, and in the absence they can contact the Department of Human Services to calculate what child support is payable by one party to the other.

In doing so, the Department will take into account the percentage of care each party has of the child or children, the income of each party and the ages of the children, at which time the Department will be able to provide details of who pays child support to whom. 

In saying that, however, parties can also reach agreement and document that agreement by way of a limited Child Support Agreement or a Binding Child Support Agreement. These agreements have their technicalities and often require assistance from lawyers or at least the binding Child Support Agreement does. 

These agreements can also help parties reach agreement regarding matters such as who pays what percentage of costs for schooling, health insurance or medical costs, or extracurricular activities undertaken by the children. It is important that you seek legal advice if you are wanting to enter into a limited Child Support Agreement and most importantly, or a binding Child Support Agreement.

If we can therefore assist you with your child support matters, please do not not hesitate to contact our Brisbane family lawyers  at Page Provan.

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