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What are Child Support Payments?

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Kristdel practices solely in Family Law has been a Partner at The Family Lawyer since June 2019. Aside from her amazing ability to recite from memory the entire “Ode to Spot” by Commander Data, she has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from a decade in the field of family law. Kristdel’s passion for the law and a love of helping people through difficult times enables her to put peoples minds at ease, even during complicated or bitter family court proceedings. As our resident “empath” she is The Family Lawyers’ Counsellor and is always there to listen to her colleagues or clients and bring a smile to their faces. Her nickname around the office is “the nerd”, a badge she wears proudly. Kristdel is hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated to getting great outcomes for her clients. You can contact her at kbolog@thefamilylawyer.com.au or on 03 8657 3751.
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October 4, 2021

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What are Child Support Payments

Child support payments are made by people to provide financial support to children from their previous relationship. Child support payments are usually made by the parent with whom the child does not primarily live. The child support scheme is run by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).

Payments can be made either privately, from one parent to the other, or via DFFH, who will collect the payment from one parent and transfer it to the other.

If the court orders a person to pay child support, they must do so. DFFH can enforce child support payments in various ways, including collecting child support directly from banks, deducting it from other government payments and preventing someone from leaving the country if they have not paid their child support debts.

Child support is based on both parents’ income and on the cost of raising children in Australia. The formula also recognises the non-financial contributions of both parents through childcare.

If a parent feels that the result of the formula is not accurate and does not reflect their specific situation, they can make an application to DFFH to change their child support payment assessment.

To be eligible for a child support assessment from DFFH, you must either be a legal parent or a non-parent carer of the child. It is possible to arrange and make child support payments without going through the DFFH by way of private agreement or a more formal binding child support agreement.

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