Following separation, both parents are legally obliged to financially support their children, generally until a child turns 18 or ceases full time education.
A party may apply for a child support assessment directly through the Child Support Agency. In some cases, however, the parties are able to reach agreement in relation to the financial support necessary (including the amount and frequency of payments). Such agreements may be documented in either a registered or unregistered Child Support Agreement.
In most cases, Child Support Agreements are binding and therefore may be varied only by a further agreement, or by court order.
DS Family Law assists parties to reach agreement in relation to child support, including negotiation, application to the Child Support Agency, and the preparation of registered and unregistered child support agreements.