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Child Support Lawyers

Offices in Narre Warren, Warragul & Online

Servicing Victoria, South East Melbourne Suburbs & Gippsland areas.

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Casey Family Lawyers are an experienced, professional and compassionate child support lawyers in Melbourne with offices in Narre Warren and Warragul. We also offer online consultations, providing advice and representation in all aspects of child support and other family law matters.

What is child support in Australia?

Child support refers to the financial support provided by a parent who is not the child’s primary carer to the parent the child primarily resides with.

In some circumstances, both parents can also pay child support to a third, non-parent carer of the child, such as a grandparent.

The purpose of child support is to ensure that both parents contribute to the financial needs of their children after separation or divorce.

In Australia, child support is governed by the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and is managed by the Department of Families Fairness and Housing (DFFH) or the Child Support Agency (CSA).

The key aspects of child support:

The key aspects of child support include:

  • Calculation of Child Support: Child support payments are calculated based on the income of both parents, the number of children, and the amount of time each parent spends with the children (called “care arrangements”).
  • Child Support Assessment: The CSA conducts a child support assessment to determine the amount of child support payable by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent.
  • Child Support Agreements: Parents can reach their own agreement on child support payments through a private child support agreement, which can be either a limited or binding agreement.
  • Enforcement of Child Support: The CSA is responsible for collecting and enforcing child support payments. If a parent fails to pay child support, enforcement actions such directly taking wages or tax refunds may be taken.
  • Adjustments in Child Support: Child support payments may be adjusted based on changes in income, care arrangements, or special circumstances.
  • Use of Child Support: Child support payments cover the child’s basic living expenses, education, healthcare, and other essential needs.
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It is important to note that child support is separate from other parenting arrangements, such as living arrangements and visitation. The non-custodial parent’s financial obligation is to contribute to their child’s welfare. 

Child support is crucial in ensuring that children receive financial support from both parents, even when they no longer live together.

Casey Family Lawyers can assist you achieving the best financial outcome for the welfare of your child.

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Casey Family Lawyers provides advice, negotiation and litigation representation in all aspects of child support and family law matters.  

Having practised in the family law jurisdiction for more than ten years, our Principal Lawyer and Owner Kelly Beck understands how complex, challenging and emotional child support and family law matters can be.  

Trust Casey Family Lawyers to protect your rights, navigate complex legal matters, and work tirelessly with compassion to achieve realistic solutions and the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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Common Child Support Questions

Child support is calculated based on the income of both parents, the number of children, and the parenting arrangements (how much time each parent spends with the child).

Yes, parents can reach their own child support agreement through a private child support agreement, which can be either a limited or binding agreement.

Child support payments are intended to cover the child’s basic living expenses, including food, clothing, housing, education, and healthcare.

Child support may continue after the child turns 18 if the child is still dependent on the parent due to education, disability, or other circumstances.

Yes, child support can be adjusted based on changes in income, care arrangements, or special circumstances that may affect the child’s financial needs.

In some cases, grandparents or other relatives who have primary care of the child may be eligible to receive child support.

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