There are strict time limits in dealing with the Child Support Agency and the Department of Human Services. You should be aware of these timelines and ensure that you have an up to date assessment of child support at all times.
However if the Agency or Department have made an incorrect decision about your income or the time spent with parents by your children, you have ways to appeal and review the decisions. Our lawyers frequently appear in applications before the Social Securities Appeal Tribunal (“SSAT”), the Magistrates Court or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia varying decisions made at first instance and on review by the Child Support Agency.
We also have experience with DNA and paternity testing issues, listing of parents on birth certificates, and liability of step-parents to pay child support.
Parents often choose to enter into private arrangements with each other to avoid the agency and this arrangement can be formalised by way of a Binding Child Support Agreement, which is submitted to the Court and the Child Support Agency.
If you are having difficulty with child support or want to discuss your situation, please complete and submit the below form and one of our lawyers will review your case and contact you, usually on the same day, to discuss and advise on how best to handle your matter.