We understand the importance of securing a fair and sustainable child support arrangement that ensures the well-being of your children. As specialists in family law, we offer expert guidance and support throughout the process of applying for, negotiating, and enforcing child support agreements.

Understanding child support

Child support is a financial contribution one parent makes to another for the care and support of their children following a separation or divorce. In Australia, the Child Support Scheme administered by the Department of Human Services (Services Australia) helps parents ensure their children receive the necessary financial support.

How to obtain child support

Assessment by Services Australia: Most child support arrangements begin with an application to the Child Support Agency for an assessment. The assessment calculates the amount of support using a formula that considers both parents' income, the number of children, and their living arrangements.

Private agreements: parents can also agree on child support payments independently and make a private child support agreement, which can be either a limited or binding child support agreement.

Legal advice and representation: engaging a family law specialist can help you understand your rights, negotiate agreements, and ensure the child support arrangement is fair and meets your child's needs.


What is the difference between a limited and binding child support agreement?

Limited agreements allow some flexibility and don't require legal advice to be established. Binding agreements are more formal, require both parties to receive independent legal advice, and are not easily changed.

Can child support arrangements be changed?

Yes, if circumstances change significantly, either parent can request a review of the child support assessment. Private agreements can also be renegotiated if both parties agree.

What if my ex-partner is not paying the agreed child support?

If your ex-partner is not meeting their child support obligations under an assessment, Services Australia can enforce payment. For private agreements, legal action may be necessary, and our team can guide you through this process.

How is child support calculated?

The calculation considers both parents' income, the amount of time each parent cares for the child, and the cost of raising the children, among other factors.

How we can help

  • Assessment and agreements: we can help you understand the assessment process, negotiate private agreements, and ensure they are properly documented.
  • Dispute resolution and enforcement: our team can assist in resolving disputes over child support, including seeking court orders for enforcement if necessary.
  • Advice on changing circumstances: we provide advice on how changes in circumstances, such as a change in income or care arrangements, can affect child support and what steps to take.

Why work with us?

  • Expert guidance: our team has extensive experience in child support matters, offering clear, practical advice tailored to your situation.
  • Client-centred approach: we prioritise your children's well-being and work tirelessly to ensure their financial needs are met.
  • Comprehensive support: from initial assessments to enforcing agreements, we're with you at every step, ensuring you have the support and representation you need.

Securing your children's financial future

Child support is essential for your children's growth and well-being. We’re committed to helping you navigate the complexities of child support to secure a positive outcome for your family. Contact us to discuss how we can assist with your child support matters and ensure your children receive the support they deserve.

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