The solicitors at Perth Family Lawyers have considerable experience dealing with Child Support matters – whether that be advising clients with respect to their dealings with the Child Support Agency directly or negotiating private agreements between parties.
Dealing with the Child Support Agency is often a difficult and frustrating process. The solicitors at Perth Family Lawyers will provide you with the advice you need to make informed decisions about all matters relating to your dealings with the Child Support Agency.
In the event you have agreed to, or wish to negotiate a private child support arrangement, the solicitors at Perth Family Lawyers are extremely experienced in providing advice about your options in this area.
Child Support Agreements are agreements between parents or an eligible non-parent carer setting out how much child support is to be paid, whether any additional payments are to be made and the term in which those payments are to be made.
There are two types of Child Support Agreements, the first is a limited agreement and the second is a binding agreement.
A Limited Child Support Agreement allows for the parents of a child to agree to the amount of child support payable, so long as an assessment has already put in place by the Child Support Agency. The amount payable under the agreement must be equal to or more than that noted in assessment. The agreement must be in writing and signed by both parents and can be reviewed or terminated by the parents after three years.
A Binding Child Support Agreement allows for the parents of a child to agree to the amount of child support payable until the child reaches the age of 18 years, or later in some circumstances. There is no need for an assessment to have previously been put in place by the Child Support Agency as the amount payable is agreed by the parents. Both parents must obtain independent legal advice with respect to the agreement, and a certificate is required from the legal practitioner providing the advice before the agreement can be accepted by the Child Support Agency. Ending a binding child support agreement requires either agreement between the parents, an order of the Court or some other terminating event as provided for under the agreement.
It can be overwhelming dealing with the Child Support Agency or dealing with Child Support matters in general. Obtaining advice as to your options regarding Child Support is crucial when negotiating or putting in to place any agreement. The solicitors at Perth Family Lawyers are here to help you obtain the best advice possible in this area.
For more information as to whether a Child Support Agreement is appropriate in your circumstances call Perth Family Lawyers today.