When parties to a relationship separate, depending on the parenting arrangements for the children, one party may be required to provide monetary support to the other party. Child support is the arrangement parties put in place for this monetary support.
Child Support Agency
Child support can be self-managed or managed through the Department of Human Services Child Support Agency (“CSA”).
Should you opt for the CSA to officially manage your child support arrangements, the CSA use a formula to calculate these amounts and you are able to access these calculation tools prior to lodging an application for assessment.
Child Support Agreements
As we know, the ups and downs experienced when parties separate can be challenging. Whilst the parties may generally maintain amicable relations post-separation, there may be particularly tumultuous periods whereby, disharmony may be experienced and this may create unnecessary conflict or confusion in relation to child support.
Only in a few cases does the Family Court of Western Australia have jurisdiction to make orders in relation to child support for children under the age of 18. In addition, self-managed child support arrangements mean the amount, frequency and method of payment is completely up to the discretion of the parties.
Unless you have a Binding Child Support Agreement (“BCSA”) in place, self-managed child support arrangements are not legally binding.
A BCSA is a written agreement between the parties about child support payments, which must be signed by the parties and requires each party to obtain legal advice. It is up to the parties to agree on the method of payment and, if agreed, this can still be lodged with the CSA.
At Affinitas Legal we can provide you with legal advice in relation to Binding Child Support Agreements to ensure harmony in your post-separation matters involving your children and financial support. For more information on financial agreements, please contact out team of Family Lawyers on 6243 7544.
Author – Stacey Ruthven
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