CHILD SUPPORT SPECIAL NOTE #1
CHILD SUPPORT SPECIAL NOTE #2
CONTACT CHILD SUPPORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER YOU HAVE SEPARATED. If you would like to know more about how to apply for child support and your further options, call 131 272* or visit their official website at: www.csa.gov.au
You won't automatically be registered to receive child support if you've told Centrelink your separation date. You have up to 13 weeks to work out parenting arrangements and apply for child support after you separate. This gives both parents time to get information, receive counselling or agree on post separation arrangements, including a parenting plan.
CHILD SUPPORT EXEMPTIONS - Call Child Support if you're experiencing family violence (domestic violence) and are hesitant to claim payments from your ex-partner. Staff will explain your options (including a possible Child Support Exemption for Domestic Violence) and refer you to other support services.
Child support payments and family assistance payments are closely linked. The more child support you receive (including lump sum child support payments from Child Support Assessment outcomes), the less Family Tax Benefit Part A you may receive. Similarly, if you receive less child support you may be entitled to more Family Tax Benefit Part A. If you haven't applied for child support, or an exemption from seeking child support you may only get the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A.
You need to tell Child Support and Centrelink when your circumstances change, to make sure payments are correct.
Child Support supports separated parents to transfer payments for the financial and emotional wellbeing of their children
If you apply for a child support assessment, Child Support will calculate the payment amount based on information from both parents. You can make private payment arrangements (a Child Support Agreement) with the other parent or ask Child Support to transfer them for you.
Separated parents with children from a same-sex relationships and non-parent carers such as a legal guardian, grandparent or other family member may also be eligible to apply.
Download publications by visiting at the Child Support website publications page here or call 1800 040 972* to order free copies.
*Call charges apply
Go to the Child Support Calculator page
Go to the Child Support Enforcement page
Legal Services Commission (South Australia) - Child Support Information Sheet [PDF]
Under Australian law, separated parents (including same sex parents) have a duty to provide a proper level of financial support for their children. The scheme provides a flexible way of ensuring that children are supported by their parents, often with the assistance of government benefits
Go to the Legal Services Commission - Child Support Information Sheet page
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