Both parents have a duty to financially support their child, even if they don’t live together, were never in a relationship, and/or one of the parents never sees the child.
Child Support is financial support paid by a parent to the carer of their child, who is very often the other parent. Parents may agree between themselves on what that level of support should be, and how it will be provided. Even this kind of informal agreement may have an impact on possible Centrelink entitlements, so it’s worth speaking to a lawyer about it. Alternatively, a Binding Child Support Agreement can be made, requiring both parties to take independent legal advice, or a Limited Child Support Agreement which only lasts for a limited time but does not require independent legal advice.
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In situations where a payer parent has a poor track record with payments 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 a formula to work out how much Child Support should be made based on both parent’s income, their support of other children, time spent caring for the children, costs of raising the children and their own basic living needs.
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