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Making the best parenting arrangement
Getting fair child support
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What does parenting include?

Parenting Arrangement

You can choose to arrange parenting issues with either a parenting plan or a parenting order.

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Child Support

An appropriate level of financial support from the other party can ease your financial burden and cover part of the day-to-day expenses of your children.

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Don’t make the kids suffer from the end of a marriage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parenting Arrangement

If you can agree on the arrangements for your children
Then you should consider arranging a parenting plan. This method is much cheaper and saves you time. It is drawn up with a shared commitment to your children and their future. A written parenting plan, agreed upon by both parents, will provide certainty on the arrangements for the care of your children.

If you cannot agree on the arrangements for your children
Then you should consider seeking a parenting order made by the court. The court must consider what is in the best interest of the child and make an order accordingly. You should be warned this process can be expensive and it takes time. However, a parenting order is legally enforceable and breaching it does have legal consequences.

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Parenting Plan vs Parenting Order

It is a written agreement between parents. It clarifies practical issues related to parental responsibility.

The parenting plan will need to set out details related to practical decisions about children in areas such as:

  • parenting style
  • living arrangements
  • finances
  • religion
  • education
  • health care
  • emotional well-being

It is a set of orders made by a court about parenting arrangements for a child.

A court can make a parenting order based on consent orders or after a court hearing or trial. When a parenting order is made, each parent or person named in the order must follow it.

The court must consider what’s in the children’s best interests, including:

  • Children’s willingness
  • Whether the parties can build a good relationship with the children
  • Whether the children will suffer physical or mental harm
  • Whether there is any domestic violence history
  • Whether the parties can provide a family environment for the children
  • Parents’ attitude towards children
  • Whether each parent should have equal shared parental responsibility
  • Suggestions provided by social workers and psychologists

You should know that equal shared parental responsibility is not the same as equal parenting time.

Child Support

The child support scheme aims to ensure that children receive an appropriate level of financial support from parents who are separated or divorced. The cost covers the day-to-day expenses of a child, including but not limited to:

  • food
  • housing
  • schooling
  • clothing
  • extra-curricular activities

It may vary depending on the income of the payer parent and the child’s living needs.

Services Australia is the responsible agent in managing child support payments.

Child support is payable for all children living in Australia whose parents have separated, whether or not the parents were married. Normally, child support stops when your child turns 18.

To pay child support to a child over 18, an application can be made to court if:

  • it is necessary to enable the child to complete their education or
  • the child has a physical or mental disability

If you are unable to reach an agreement about a child support payment with your former partner, Services Australia can calculate the amount using an 8-step formula, with consideration of:

  • Each parent’s taxable income
  • Each parent’s percentage of care
  • Cost of each child

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All you need to know about child support

If the payer parent failed to comply with their financial obligations, you may enforce any outstanding debt personally or inform Services Australia about the outstanding debt. You must address any debts as soon as possible.

Services Australia can enforce the child support payment in several ways. These include but is not limited to:

  • income support payment deductions
  • enforcing tax return lodgement or intercepting tax refunds
  • employer or bank account deductions
  • issuing overseas travel bans
  • litigation and prosecution
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