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Once your relationship has ended, you will need to take steps to formalise your Child Support agreement. Child Support is financial support paid by a parent to the carer of their child (very often the other parent). Parents may agree what that level of support should be and how they will provide it, without consulting a Perth Child Support Lawyer but an informal agreement may impact possible Centrelink entitlements, so it’s worth speaking to a lawyer.
A Binding Child Support Agreement can be made requiring both parties to take independent legal advice. A Limited Child Support Agreement can also be drawn up, which lasts for a limited time, but does not need independent legal advice. Both parents have a duty to financially support their child, even if they don’t live together, were never in a relationship, or they never see the child. In situations where a payer parent has a poor payment track record and is unlikely to pay without being told to, a carer can involve the Department of Human Services (DHS) (Child Support).
DHS (Child Support) has the formula to work out how much Child Support should be made, based on:
Typical questions you may have:
Our team of experienced, professional, Perth Family Lawyers are here to help with your child support needs. Phone us for a free, 15-minute consultation on 08 9486 9733.