Divorce or Separation from your partner can be an extremely traumatic experience, not only for the parties involved but also for any children of the relationship. It is essential that your family law representative understands your situation and provides you with clear practical advice.
When you separate from your partner, proper arrangements need to be made for the financial support of any children of the relationship. Today, most children are covered by the provisions of the Commonwealth Child Support Scheme. The Child Support (Assessment) Act sets out a formula for working out how much child support should be paid. This is known as “an Administrative Assessment”. The Child Support Scheme is administered by the Child Support Agency which is a branch of the Australian Taxation Office.
The Child Support Agency enables parents to make arrangements between themselves for the payment of child support. The parties should keep a proper record of what child support has been paid. The Child Support Agency has powers to take action to recover arrears of child support which includes the power to garnishee a parent’s wage or obtain the benefit of any income tax refunds or other monies due to be paid to the liable parent.
At Bateman Battersby Lawyers Penrith, our experienced team can assist you with all aspects of a child support dispute including: