Child support obligations are typically calculated using a legislative determination that takes into account each parent’s income, the number of dependent children and the childrens’ care arrangements. In certain circumstances, the rate of child support payable can be varied. Parties can also enter into child support agreements. Such agreements can offer a more flexible way of arranging child support and may include provisions for joint or individual payment of specific expenses such as educational and medical costs.
Child Support, which is part of the Commonwealth Government’s department, Services Australia, is responsible for administering Australia’s Child Support Scheme. Decisions of Child Support can be reviewed internally, by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and, in limited circumstances, by the courts.
Taussig Cherrie Fildes can assist you to put in place appropriate arrangements for the payment of child support. We are able to help you apply to Child Support and, if you believe an incorrect assessment has been made, with the preparation of objections, submissions and applications to Child Support, AAT or the court including applications for departure orders.
Taussig Cherrie Fildes also has extensive experience advising on, negotiating and drafting child support agreements. We can also assist in respect of arrears and enforcement and in relation to overseas child support obligations.